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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT 

wluit you, ;is an alumna, would do — how you would get along — without your 
highly efficient and well-organized Alumnae Association? Just suppose, for a 
moment, that the Alumnae Association of Sweet Briar College quietly closed 
shop and ceased to exist. What would happen? Would it have any effect on you? 

It certainly would 1 the services to you of the S.B.A.A. are far too numerous to 
list here, hut the mention of a few may illustrate just what an orphan you'd be: 
no more reunions — no way of keeping up with migrating and name-changing 
college friends — no more Manson Memorial scholarship for your daughters' pos- 
sible future use — no information on present campus life, educational trends, etc. — 
no representatives on the Board of Overseers and hence no voice in the policies 
of the College — no magazine — no place to meet — no one to greet you when you 
arrive on campus and guide you through dormitories, classrooms, indoor ring or 
boat house — no one to answer the literally thousands of questions you send to the 
Alumnae Office each year — no Alumnae Fund which, by providing a channel for 
small contributions, makes a much-needed annual gift to the College equal to the 
income from a large sum of money. 

A dismal picture, indeed! And as we go to press today on the October issue of 
the Alumnae News we look to some 4,500 of you to respond to the appeals for 
funds to keep the S.B.A.A. going. The College pays our bills. We want to con- 
tinue the tradition of our annual gift to Sweet Briar. 

We do not expect gifts of great magnitude but we do hope for a multitude of 
gifts. $10,000 for capital endowment is our goal. We need proof of your need 
of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. 

PLEASE SEND YOUR 
CONTRIBUTIONS TODAY 

( Make chccki piixcl'lc to the Sweet Bruir AluiiDiae F uiiil ) 



SWEET BRIAR 

ALUMNAE NEWS 

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ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER NOVEMBER 23, 1931, AT THE POSTOFFICE AT SWEET BRIAR, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1879. 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ALUMNI 



Volume XI 



October, 1941 



Number 1 



Helen H. McMahon, Editor 



The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Alumna Memher of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

>906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Representatives on Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, M5 

21 Foxcroft Ri)ad, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Term Expires May, 19+3 

Mr:^. Ioseph Winston Cox, Jr. 

(Edna Lee, »26) 

^2^ Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia 

Term Expires May, 1946 

Prefident 

Mrs. Robert H. Sc.annell 

(Fanny Ellsworth, '21) 

50 Parkway West, Mount Vernon, New York 

Firs/ Vice-President 

Gertrude Prior, '29 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Second Vice-President 

Mary Petty Johnston, '40 

40 East 88th Street, New York, New York 

Executive Secretary 

Helen McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 

Marv V. Marks, '3 5 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 



Members of the Council 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Marj- Bissell, '17) 

608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Delaware 

Mrs. E. C. Ivey, Jr. 

(Eugenia Goodall, '2S) 

382" Bounsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 

(Elizabeth Prescott, '28) 

1202 Parkway East, Utica, New York 

Mrs. Emund W. HARji^oN 

(Mary Huntington, *30) 

Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Martha von Briesen, '31 

4436 North Slow ell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Mrs. How.ard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

221? Devonshire Drive, Cleveland Heights. Ohio 



CONTENDS 

Frontispiece 

From Miss Glass 

'Women and Publishing 

A >\'iie's F.ve \'ie\v of "For fhe Diraiion" 

College Calendar 

Institute of Public Affairs, Uni\ersity of Virginia 

Mary Marks Directs the Alumnae Fi'nd 

Plain Talk 

Have "^"ol' a Candidate? 

Eighth Annual Fund Report 

On Campus 



13 
14 
16 



The Faci-ltv Up to Date 18 

Campak;n Progress Report as of October 7, 1941 20 

Class Personals 21 



Here it is — new cover, new format, new features. Your requests 
for pictures, rriore news of faculty and alumnae, sketches and car- 
toons will be complied with if within our power and if you respond 
to our requests. Four issues nnnual]\ — ^ on alone can detfrminr 
whether vou will receive all four. 




President Meta Glass 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS 



Volume XI 



October, 1941 



Number 1 



Ff'om z^iss Glass — 

I AM tdltl th;it I may have space in each issue of the 
Alumnae News this year to talk to you about this and 
that. I hope you will write back and talk to me about 
this and that, the same this and that which I have dis- 
cussed or entirely different ones. My personal contacts 
with you last year meant so much to me that I am loath 
to lose this touch. I mean, so far as you will respond, 
to keep our thoughts running back and forth. 

On the supposition that, as college opens in the fall, 
M)ur thoughts turn to how the year begins — rather than 
to the state of the boxwood! — and what are the emphases 
of the year, I am sending you excerpts from my remarks 
at the Opening Convocation, from the first sermon, from 
the first chapel service. 

From the Opening Convocation address: 

One of the most interesting things about a college is 
hciw it is each year the same — and not the same. The 
real ideals of education change little but there is a con- 
tinual search for the better process. The right balance 
between the immediate and the long-time value is an im- 
fniling concern of education and of daily life. 

This year is a time when immediate calls, changed 
emphases, high feeling are making education restless to 
know whether it is holding that balance. The air is full 
'if prodding, necessary to make us think, plan and work 
for the true virtues of our national life and of our con- 
tribution to the life of the world. How should youth be 
trained in such a year? Undoubtedly the young should 
be given the most truthful picture we can form of what 
life will probably demand of them, and more immediately 
of what their country will probably demand in the next 
j'ear or two or three or more. 

In an effort to guide colleges this )'ear, undei' the 
auspices of the American Coimcil on Education, a sub- 
committee on AVonien in College ajid Defense met in 
\\'ashington in September and investigated what needs 
of the country had been clearly enough discerned to 
guide colleges in curriculum adjustments and student 
guidance. Your president chaired the committee and 
brings you such information as that group was able to 
gather. 

"The Committee sought information from the Civil 
Service Commission, the Federal Security Agency, the 
Office of Education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 



National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel, 
the Bureau of Employment Security, the Women's 
Bureau of the Department of Labor, and the OfSce of 
Civilian Defense. 

"From these sources came statements that women 
would probably be needed in greater numbers as men 
were called from work they arc now doing. So far it is 
possible to indicate as of this date only a few phases of 
special training that the colleges can give which promises 
to be needed soon. Additional nurses are needed definitely. 
More dietitians than are available are needed, and, espec- 
ially in some regions, more nutritionists. Additional need 
for bacteriologists and medical technicians seems probable. 
It is likely that women will be called on more largely 
as inspectors, especially for foods. Persons who command 
Spanish and Portuguese, who can do good translation 
from English into these languages and vice versa and 
|x-rsons who can take Spanish and Portuguese dictation, 
are needed now. 

"In the social field there is developing a need for 
persons with an understanding of the community as a 
whole, with knowledge of cooperatives as well, rather 
than more of the workers trained in the remedial aspects 
of social service. Such training implies a longer period of 
study, with some graduate work and some experience. 
Experienced economists are needed, but as yet the agen- 
cies needing them have not turned to women. It is 
probable that they will. Again this will call for additional 
work beyond the imdergraduate stage, but the informa- 
tion may be useful in guidance of students now in college. 

"It is reported that both federal agencies from their 
headquarters, and representatives in the field, are calling 
the attention of ofticia's to the wisdom of turning to 
women for additional staff. Whether the increased need 
will continue long enough to make such guidance useful 
to college students in the lower classes, or even to juniors 
and seniors, is something that no one can say. There 
seems to be no shortage of college trained women in 
other fields for the demands now being made upon them, 
but a probability that women teachers of physics, indus- 
trial arts and accounting may shortly be in demand. 

"There has been repeated assertion by Army, Navy, 
and non-military government spokesmen that education 
is national defense; that it is of vital importance to main- 
tain a .continuous supply of men and women trained in 
mind and body ; that the college, through more effective 



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instnictinn and guidance, can make a most important 
and necfssan' contribution to national defense; and that 
government agencies favored 'the continued operation 
of educational institutions with as little disruption as pos- 
sible and have not attempted in any way to advocate or 
sponsor a reorienting of college courses.' Preparation for 
living the lives women have always lived is as necessary 
as ever. Preparation for this responsibility may not seem 
to a young woman as dramatic as taking a course in 
mechanical engineering, but it is no less important if we 
are to preserve the integrity of the common life in our 
democracy. 

"The Committee deems it worth while to call atten- 
tion to the intangibles which should be cultivated espec- 
ially at a time when his countr}' needs each person at his 
best. The lack of these essential characteristics was re- 
peatedly stressed by those who seek to utilize the services 
of college graduates. 

"1. College graduates eminently need to be able to 
follow instructions and to meet obligations without being 
reminded of them. 

"2. More facility in handling figures would make 
them more valuable. They seem to have a psychological 
hazard in the face of them. 

"3. The initiative to find out what ought to be done 
and how to do it in the normal routines of a job would 
make them much more serviceable. 

"4. They are accused of too much self-interest in 
their activities. 

"5. They seem to lack convictions based on knowl- 
edge and even to be afraid of acquiring the knowledge 
necessary for the formation of convictions. 

"To serve the formation of stable morale in all citizens 
much emphasis is given to the seeking of information and 
to discussion in its various forms. The Federal Security 
Agency makes a definite call on the colleges to promote 
among students such discussions and to train students 
in the techniques of successful discussion and forum pro- 
cedure, that they may participate eflFectively in commu- 
nity discussion groups and, in many cases, organize and 
lead these groups. 

"Tn connection with Civilian Defense there are sev- 
eral courses entirely suitable for students in college to 
take without waiting to return to their own commimities 
to begin them. Tn the first place the college is a com- 
munity and can be organized for civilian defense just as 
other commimities are. This will involve a set-up to take 
care of the college communit\' in time of attack. Short 
time courses given to students as extra-curricular work 
in health, in guidance of recreation, and in nutrition 



will he valid both in college and in home commimities. 

"Students in college, while pursuing their special edu- 
cation willl still want to be geared into the general 
scheme of defense work for all citizens. Colleges have 
organized, and will want to continue to do so, oppor- 
tunities for students to participate in contributions to 
relief, to work at bandage making, sewing, knitting and 
such useful leisure-time activities. Taking of extra- 
curricular courses in first-aid, nutrition, home nursing 
and such others as the office of Civilian Defense form- 
ulates, will enable them both at college and later at 
home to participate as effectively in the general defense 
activities as do the women out of college. 

"In many institutions the practice seems to be to have 
a Faculty Defense Committee without student repre- 
sentation, or a student committee without faculty repre- 
sentation. The Committee on Women in College and 
Defense would call to the attention of the college admin- 
istration how especially far-reaching and effective is joint 
planning b\' faculty and students in all the defense work. 
Students arc called on to demonstrate that they know 
what democratic procedure means and how worth while 
it is. Defense planning in colleges is an cminenth' suit- 
able field for its practice. 

"The information contained in this report does not 
entail reorganization of courses nor great dislocation of 
programs already begun. There are specific areas of 
service that undergraduate women can cultivate in col- 
lege as well as the major service of continuing, at its 
highest level, their previously planned education. The 
Committee believes that colleges will be glad to he 
assured that rather thorough investigation of sources of 
information has yielded to date no new guidance, and 
that they will be encouraged to more excellent perform- 
ance by the consensus of opinion outside their own ranks 
that they should carry forward their existing types of 
education." 

College students can still best serve their coiuitrv and 
their time as they keep flowing the stream of educated 
women for their many and indispensable roles in society, 
in the professions, in enlightened citizenry, in persons 
truly civilized in himnan relations, with a higher quality 
than ever before to meet a higher need. And the effect- 
iveness of this stream is dependent, as it always has been, 
on character, self-discipline and self-sacrifice — upon 
which likewise depend life's richest satisfactions. A hard, 
handsome, and happy year is ours for the making! 

From the first sermon: The first Sunday service of 
the year was held on September 21st and the Reverend 



October, 1941 



Dr. |ohn H. Powell, Jr., of Bronxville, New York, 
preached. He had chosen to talk on what kind of a 
woman is worthy of her place in the world, and he used 
the description of a worthy woman from the thirtv-first 
chapter of Proverbs as a framework for his analysis. He 
stressed the necessit\' of work and wisdom and showed 
how a woman could attain her full stature only by active 
faith and religious living. It was a convincing sermon 
to the students, according to their comments. 

Prom the first chapel service conducted by Dean 
Lvman: "Behold I make all things new." The book 
of Revelation was a message to the early Christians in 
Ephesus in a time of confusion, distress and danger. The 
book is full of references to the problems that faced the 
Christian community in the midst of a civilization that 
was not only alien to the Christian way of thinking and 



living, but even hostile to the point of danger to the lives 
of Christian people. Even in the face of persecution, this 
leader could write "Behold I make all things new," 
"the tabernacle of God is with men." His faith was such 
that oiitv\ard circumstance could not dominate it. What- 
ever came in the external world, this w:is an eternal 
reality that could not be shaken. 

We too live in a time of confusion, distress, and strain. 
.As we begin this college year the abiding reality ot this 
message comes across the \-ears, clear and strong. 
"Behold I make all things new," "the tabernacle of 
God is with men." We also believe that God can make 
all things new by means of creative faith and love medi- 
ated through his children. In this college community, at 
the beginning of a new academic year, even in times of 
such strain and an.xiety as we face today, this message 
Comes to us with power: "Behold, I make all things new." 



Women and Publishing 

By Rosemary Frev Rogers, '34 



WHAT .Ali Baba visions the word "publishing" 
conjures in one's mind! It is as if it were an 
open sesame to a new existence, a new business world 
of superbly and richly appointed offices, thickly carpeted, 
muffied sounds, rows of shelves lining the walls contain- 
ing first editions, association copies, and deluxe bindings; 
a constant whirl of social engagements with renowned 
authors, clever wits, and the cream of the intelligentsia; 
with every book a best seller and every play published a 
Broadway hit. This is the Hollywoodian version of a 
publisher's office and the publishing world. In actuality 
it is quite different, but no less fascinating, absorbing, and 
intriguing. 

On several occasions following vocational talks at 
women's colleges man\' students have eagerly asked 
questions of what women can do in the publishing busi- 
ness, how can they get into the field and what are the 
opportunities for a professional future. One college sopho- 
more expressing interest in the editorial aspect when told 
she might find her means of entrance through a proof 
reading or index checking job promptly and naiveh' 
answered, "But, I don't want to start at the bottom." 
A pubhshing house was definiteh no place for this Miiuit; 
lady. 

Although an ideal business for a woman, success in 
publishing does not come for the asking. It means a Ions 
period of training and apprenticeship, hard work, und\- 



ing enthusiasm for the printed page, faith in mankind's 
intellectual prowess, and sufficient imagination to view 
horizons. This is not the result of a year's experience, 
five year's experience, or ten for that matter; it comes 
with a long range perspective, with knowing your field 
of publishing, with constantly keeping up with new pub- 
lications, and alert to changing trends of demand. On 
the eve of graduation a professor gave me this sound anil 
stimulating advice; "No matter what work you are 
doing, no matter how crowded that particular work or 
profession is, remember there is always room at the top 
for someone who is an authority in that field." 

Publishing covers many phases and includes man\' 
types of material that have been printed and brought to 
the attention of the public by general circulation. There 
is the newspaper, the periodical, the book; the latter is 
further sub-divided into the two large inclusive divisions 
of text and trade. In a textbook house there are three 
divisions of texts: the elementary, the high school, and 
the college. For each, there are further technical sub- 
divisions. M\ experience has been entirely with college 
texts since I am in charge of the work of the College 
Division of the Cincinnati Division of the .American 
Book Companw The following discussion or description 
is concerned mainh' with the Ti-.xt hook, its source, its 
ilistribution, and women's part in the industry. 

In a publishing house there are all types of work, 



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women having entered all the fields wih but one or two 
exceptions. For example, they are readers, are on the 
editorial staffs, work in the binderies, are on the sales 
force, and, of course, predominate in the office. 

Women are entering Editorial Departments more than 
ever before. Their main work has been research, check- 
ing, proofing, and reading manuscripts but now they are 
becoming editors, especially of children's books, an edi- 
torial field in which they seem to have the right of way. 
The last statistics show that in New York City there are 
twenty-one women editors of Juvenile books. While the 
number who become editors is quite small that large 
group who through painstaking care get the manuscript 
into form, attend to all the details of checking, do re- 
search, and proof-read must not be overlooked. 

There is a field of specialists, shall we say a "profes- 
sional" field, within the agency aspect of sales. These 
are the women book agents who contact by calls educa- 
tionalists who may be interested in new books as possible 
basic material for their courses or for their schools, in the 
case of superintendents and administrators. These women 
are constantly traveling, from city to city, from county 
to county, and state lines are to them imaginary marks 
on their much used, worn road maps; their home is their 
luggage, their office is their leather file case. To be an 
agent necessitates a certain personality and disposition, 
one that never tires of seeing new places, new faces, one 
that is not content to remain stationary for long at a time 
but always eager to be up and gone. Once an agent 
commented: "What is on the other side of the next hill 
always intrigues me." This is the spirit of the agent; it 
must be the spirit for road work. 

But, what of the "professionals" in agency work? 
Who are they.' They are that group, and mostly women, 
too, please note, who through special training, special 
aptitudes, and specialized experience deal entirely with 
one type of publication or with one subject. They are 
the Music agents, the Spelling agents who contact 
teachers in these specialized fields; they are the Writing 
experts, the Reading demonstrators who show teachers 
how the material ma\ best and most advantageously be 
used in their classrooms by actually teaching the class 
using the book or materia! in question. These specialists 
may one hour be teaching third grade reading while the 
following hour they will be standing before a sixth grade 
literature class. The women doing this type of work are 
well-trained, clever, and adaptable; they must be in their 
changing type of work. 

A book when viewed in entirety appears to be very 
easily made from paper, ink, and cloth. The capital 



goods needed to produce it, the execution of detail, the 
scholarliness, the agency force necessary to distribute it, 
the knowledge of the subject required to write it are not 
visible on the surface but are the underlying qualities 
of any book, text or trade. From the embyronic idea in 
the mind of the autlior to the finished product on the 
book dealer's shelves the new book demands careful 
attention and handling by at least a hundred pairs of 
hands and a hundred minds. 

From the moment it enters the publisher's office in 
manuscript form it undergoes constant scrutiny. It is not 
a matter of the editor or assistant editor reading the pro- 
posed publication to make a decision as to the worthiness 
of the manuscript. First, it must be determined whether 
there is a potential market and if so then the manuscript 
is submitted to "readers" for a critical study. In the text 
field the "readers" are teachers, professors, administra- 
tors, experts, who have achieved prominence in their field 
and are recognized as authorities in the subject with 
which the manuscript deals so they are able to criticize 
constructively the presentation, the material included, and 
the theories exemplified. These "readers" analyze manu- 
scripts only in one particular subject, as Psychology, 
Economics, Sociology, or in one aspect of a subject as 
Ancient History or American History rather than the 
extensive field of History. 

After the forthcoming book leaves the editorial depart- 
ment it enters the mystic maze of the print shop and 
bindery. The printing is, of course, a man's job but in 
bindery work approximately forty percent of the em- 
ployees are women who are "folders," "gatherers," 
"sewers," "inspectors," etc. 

Each year throughout the United States are held an 
innumerable number of educational conventions — city, 
state, national — at which may be found representatives 
of the text houses, each exhibiting his latest wares. The 
large exhibit halls, with their many booths of books, and 
the multiplicity of colors, have the appearance of a veri- 
table Fair. Exhibit work is another aspect of agency 
work in which women play a prominent part. 

Circulars, brochures, announcements — the written 
word — are equally important means of conveying knowl- 
edge of new texts to the educational world. Advertising, 
then, is another large field for women in publishing, and 
an especially adaptable one. Copy-work, analysis, illus- 
trating are all components of the sum total — (itlvert'nmg. 
Advertising presents the best opportunity and the most 
diversified range for a woman for it gives the means for 
the expression of individuality and creative ability. There 
is a psychological satisfaction in seeing in attractive and 



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adaptable type on paper, be it white or colored, the 
product of your research, analysis, and writing. 

"\\''hat training should one have as a background for 
|Hiblishing?" is a question oftentimes asked and never 
i|uitc satisfactorily answered for there are no set and fast 
rules of preparation or training, no formula as it were, 
for either men or women. For secretarial, stenographic, 
r)r other office work there is definite need, of course, for 
business school training. For those working with college 
texts a year or two of college work prior to business school 
is most helpful as this academic training gives a knowl- 
edge, not to be acquired elsewhere, of subjects, courses, 
academic terms, and pedagogical terminology. 

A liberal arts education provides the best general ami 
cultural background for any one anticipating a publishing 
career in the text field. Whether it is coincidental or does 
provide a better background or whether because minds 
that major in these subjects wish to continue more or 
less in the academic field (for text publishing may be 
considered as one aspect of the academic life) many 
agents have majored in English and Literature or in the 
Social Sciences. Many agents have been experienced 
teachers before joining agency forces, their teaching 
ranging from first grade to graduate school. It would 
seem to indicate from the number of similar cases that the 
best means of entry for agency work in the elementary 
field is through elementary teaching. The specialists in 
music, reading, spelling, writing, have specialized training 
in that subject and these women have entered agency 
work through teaching. Thus, their technical training is 
combined with a professional knowledge of the problems 
and the needs of the teacher in the field. 



Ju^t this one word of admonition to those who cast 
coveteous eyes on publishing. If one does not like books 
or the feel of them in one's hands; if one does not derive 
a pleasure from viewing for the first time a volume as it 
comes from the bindery; publishing is not the work for 
this person. Do not be misletl by the Hollywood visions 
(if publishing, a picture entirely of glamour. Publishing 
is a business, a merchandising business of cut and dried 
calculations. There arc two reasons why the work ap- 
peals to me. In the first place, I am always working with 
hooks. This innate liking for books first attracted me to 
])ublishing. Of course, I might have chosen the library 
aspect "of books" but I preferred the business side. The 
second reason is that no two days are ever alike for there 
are always new problems to be worked out, new tasks to 
complete, and new books being released. This one work 
"new" plays such a large part in all aspects of my work. 
.And, thus, one is kept fmm the rut of boredom of 
routine. 

Publishing now offers greater opportunities for women 
than ever before. There are available more possibilities 
than in the early twenties while the trend indicates that 
in the decade to come more of the higher positions and 
executive offices will be open to well-trained, efficient 
Women. Publishing is an old industry, dating from the 
Monasteries of the middle ages, from the Gutenberg 
press to the five color presses seen in the large print shops 
today. Publishing is a stable industry; it is among the 
necessities of life and not subject to fads and fancies; 
and, it is a contributing industry to culture and modern 
life. Through wars, economic crises, depressions, and 
disasters the written word goes on. 



• 3n iUrmnrij of Mxb. (^mxn,t Malkrr 

To know that Mrs. W^nlker has gone will bring a personal sorrow to a great man\' of our alumnae, 
not only to the hundreds who sent the Christmas cards which decorated the whole lower floor at \Vest- 
holme and were looked at man\- times with loving talk of the sender; but to those who onl\- knew her 
as a charming figure always interested in the things that interested them — a lovely person in a quaint lace 
cap who never cea.sed to enjoy seeing Sweet Briar dance and play hockey and ride — whose interests were 
always young. In her going Sweet Briar loses, not only a lady much beloved, but one whose gentleness 
and serene courage among all the circumstances of her life gave something that will he hard for us to Hiul 
asjain. 



Alumnae News 



A Wife's Eye View of 
''For the Duration" 

By Alice Benei Hopkins, '36 

PLEASANT or unpleasant, the experience of being a 
service wife is a dose every civilian wife should take at 
some time or other; it is a great lesson, and beyond that, 
a tremendous eye-opener. The hardest lesson to learn is 
this: it's the men who count, and homes are incidental. 
You must adapt yourself accordingly, and it's a good 
deal of a shake-up. '^'ou will find yourself thinking 
"They can't do this to me," and then you'll find they 
not only do that particular thing, but a great many more 
that are worse. For instance, your next door neighbor's 
husband is ordered to Guam, two years to do, and the 
order reads onl}' too plainly that wives and children can't 
go along. What does your neighbor dor She scurries 
around and packs up, goes somewhere to wait for th:.- two 
years to be up, but mostly she never lets her guard down, 
and the smile sticks like scotch tape to her face. Thev 
can't do that to me, you say firmly to yourself. Next 
week, next month, next year, your husband's orders will 
come, and you, like your neighbor, will chin-up and go 
through with it, devoting \ourself to the task of making 
your children remember that Daddy doesn't consist solely 
of head and shoulders, as the picture shows: Daddy has 
legs too ! 

Don't lug all your worldly possessions with you. It 
will save a great deal of wear and tear on both the fur- 
niture and your peace of mind. But if you feel that you 
must — as we did — be sure to carry every known variety 
of insurance on them. Little did I think we'd ever need 
it, but a slight clause in a policy of ours paid us $175.00 
last August for hurricane damage. These things you 
should take: your silver, enough china, linen, and kitchen 
equipment to live on, and the small things that will perk 
up and make your own out of the furnished places in 
which you'll live. Quartermaster furniture comes with 
quarters if you are fortunate enough to be assigned to 
them, and that, while basic, is adequate for the life you'll 
lead. Lamps you should carry, and possibh' a coffee table 
and end tables, etc. But mattresses will be your prime 
need since they aren't furnished on any post — these notes 
are based on my experience with the Marine Corps: what 
the Army furnishes, I can't say. We are among the 
lucky ones who have been assigned to quarters and 
frankly, the difference in the way I feci about the ser- 
vice since I've lived on the post is remarkable. 



A year ago last fall, I wouldn't have given 1,'ou two 
cents for the whole Marine Corps and the Navy, much 
less the Army. That was during and following a seven 
weeks' course my husband hatl to take nt Quantico, 
Virginia. The seven weeks were taken up with m)- iius- 
band's living at the post in barracks and stud)ing all the 
time, and my boarding 1 7 miles awa}-, rushing madly to 
the post from time to time on the chance that I might 
see him for fifteen minutes if I was lucky. We met no 
one, by orders — no reserve officer attending the school 
now in session shall be required or expected to pay the 
usual calls. To add to the pleasantness of these first weeks 
in the service, we caught the brunt of the "humph, noth- 
ing but reserve officers" attitude from the younger regu- 
lar officers. Now I am glad to say, you would never find 
a sign of difference between the regulars and the reserves 
on duty unless you saw the L^SMCR after their names 
on the payroll instead of the regulars' USMC. 

The business of calling sounds complicated, is impor- 
tant, and therefore a little terrifying to newcomers, but 
it boils down to this. A call is twenty minutes in length 
and is to be paid promptly to the officers directly superior 
to your husband, and to anyone else who is on the list 
of expected calls given your husband when he reports to 
the commanding officer of his post. It is up to the other 
officers already on the post to pay calls on you — but don't 
feel badly if they don't. Last week over two hundred 
new officers reported to this post when the First Marine 
Division came back from Cuba, and we are not expected 
to pay the two hundred calls — it would be impossible to 
get around to them. They have handled the problem 
very neatly here, with a call-and-return cocktail part\- 
at the Officers' Mess, where your appearance automati- 
cally implied a call on everyone present, and their return 
call on you ! 

We are provided here on the post with a commissary 
sales room, which is really a very good grocery and meat 
market. There is also a Post Farm, where vegetables in 
season and dairy products are for sale — the Farm deliv- 
ered milk on schedule the morning after the hurricane 
swept the island and wrecked pretty much of everything! 
The Post Exchange is my downfall — merchandise of all 
kinds at around 30'^f off the usual price. Everything is 
such a bargain that one wants to buy a great deal more 
than one should. Just to give you an idea of the variet\' 
of things they offer you, since we have been on the post 
we have bought throuo;h the Post Exchange a movie 
camera and projector, a pair of shoes, an orange juice 
squeezer, two blankets, the baby's bathinette and Kiddie 
Koop, Ivory Soap, a suitcase and ice cream. Terrible 



October, 1941 



place to get loose in! The Maintenance Office is a joy 
— all you have to do is call there and say the sink won't 
drain properly, or the front door screen is torn, and all 
but presto, there's a man to fix it — for nothing! 

Not two blocks from our house, there are free movies 
three times a da\'. A block behind us is the golf course — 
membership $2.00 a month — and there are several tennis 
courts on the island. A swimming pool is now open, with 
hours for swimming set aside for each of the organiza- 
tions on the post, and there's fishing and crabbin": galore 
on all sides of the island. 

Christie Bcnet Hopkins, born December 11, is the 
greatest and most successful bargain we have found on 
this post.! Total cost, for all that bouncing cheerfulness, 
$9.50. No doctor's bills, only a small part of the hospital 
fees, the rest being taken care of in the Medical Aid, a 
sort of cooperative, costing a scaled amount according to 
rank, every month, and covering all necessary medical 
attention here at the Naval Hospital. 

There are both Protestant and Catholic chaplains on 
duty here, and services are held in the Post Chapel for 
everyone on the post. The school goes from kindergarten 
through the seventh grade, the older children going to 
high school in Beaufort by special bus. 

I have heard recently that few on duty on the west 
coast can afford help. Here nearly ever)'one has a maid, 
who lives in quarters directly behind her house of work, 
and who is on duty for three meals a day, with a week- 
end a month off. Then, of course, they have to get off 
for funerals — that being a two-day proposition because of 
the wake — and my maid is kin to every colored citizen in 
this end of the state, so the weakly ones give her far more 
than the one weekend a month! 

Your friends are necessarily picked for you, by virtue 
of the fact that they're at hand and others aren't. Make 
the best of your situation — there'll be silk purses, and 
some of the things you can't make silk purses out of — 
and you'll find \()u get along very well. Don't join the 
gossip crew of aou can help it. And keep out of your 
husband's affairs. Business is business in this life, and 
the women have no part in it. 

^'ou can help your husband out h\ being cheerful and 
willing, and by doing all that's asked of you — this amounts 
to your being known as "that nice Mrs. Smith" instead 
of "oh, Mrs. Smith." Bootlicking is bad. You might get 
a temporary advantage h\ doing it, but your contempo- 
raries will be so prejudiced by it that you'll be washed up 
as far as they're concerned. But that doesn't mean back- 
ing off when some higher officer's wife is pleasant to you. 

(Continue,! nn pijgf 19) 



Novembei 



College Calendar 

OCTOBER 1.5— FEBRUARY 22 

October 13-26 Pierre de Lanux, assistant head of the 
North American division. Ministry of 
Information in Paris. Visiting lecturer 
to French, History and Government 
classes. 

30-31 Fall meeting of Alumnae Council at 
Sweet Briar. 

31 Founders' Day, Dr. George Boas, 
Johns Hopkins Universit\-, "Can We 
Still Be Free.= " 

\ 3 1 Paint and Patches presents "Arms 
) 1 and the Man." 

2 Chapel — Dr. Alexander C. Zabrislcie, 
Virginia Theological Seminar}-. 

3 Semi-annual meeting Board of Over- 
seers at Sweet Briar. 

7 Chekhov Theater Players — "Twelfth 
Night." 

14 Concert b\ Elizabeth Crawford, '35, 
soprano. 

16 Chapel— Dr. Archibald Black, Mont- 
clair, New Jersey. 

20 Thanksgiving service, faculty "at 
homes" and dinner dance in the 
Refectorw 

28 Lecture, Louis Fischer, "The Soviet- 
Nazi AVar and Its Meaning for 
America." 

29 Faculty Show. 

December 6 Senior Show. 

7 Chapel— Dr. Robert O. Kevin, Vir- 
ginia Theological Seminary. 

14 Christmas Carol Service. 

Dec. 19-Jan. 5 Christmas Vacation. 

Januar\- 9 Vincent Sheehan, "The Role of the 

Orient in the World Crisis." 

Januar\' 23-29 Examinations. 

25 Chapel— Mr. W. N. Thomas, Chap- 
lain, United States Naval Academy. 

Februar\ 22 National Symphony Orchestra. 



10 



Alumnae News 



Institute of Public Affairs, University of Virginia 



]{v Mar(;aret Kent Preston, '42 




t; 



Margaret Kknt Prf->ton 



*0 the Institute of 
Public Affairs held 
everv vear near the end 
(if June nt the University 
of Virginia, Eugenia Bur- 
nett and I were given the 
two scholarships offered 
annually by the Institute 
to Sweet Briar. Of course, 
wc were delighted. 

The Institute, born fif- 
teen years ago usually 
lasts for about twelve days 
every summer. Anyone 
and everyone is asked to attend absolutely free of charge. 
']"his, I think is the most wonderful thing about the 
i]istitute foi" even the poorest man in the street can have 
the opportunity of hearing the hundred odd speakers 
who manage to have their say at some time during those 
twelve days. People from all over the country come to 
contribute their bit to the many interesting sessions. 
This vear the main topic was "the United States, 
the War and the Future." It was an all-inclusive 
subject. Under it came such varied topics as the use 
of international broadcasting in world affairs; the na- 
tional fiscal policy; Caribbean problems; the strategy of 
terror; etc. The addresses listed on the program were 
as diverse as Sao Paulo, Ottawa, Chungking, not to 
mention the many states which were represented. 

When we arrived in Charlottesville we foimd there 
were thirty-three student delegates representing Bryn 
Mawr, the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania, New York University, Columbia 
University, Dartmouth, Yale, West Point, the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina, and many others. Among the 
most interesting were two Chinese students, one of 
whose names began and ended in the same fashion — 
Lu! Lui. 

We soon became accustomed to the "order of the 
day." ^Ve got up about nine, dashed down town for 
some breakfast and tried to arrive on time for the morn- 
ing session which began at ten. There were usually two 
or three speakers in the morning followed by a short 
intermission. The panel members were then given a 
chance to comment on what they had heard and the 



speakers often retorted in liveK manner. In this wa}', 
man)' interesting arguments were started. \Vhen every- 
one on the platform had finished, the discussion leader 
then asked for questions from the floor. 'I his was b\' far 
the most stimulating part of the meeting. 

The afternoon session began at three o'clock and fol- 
lowed the same procedure as the morning session. Din- 
ner at the Commons followed and the evening session 
began at eight. The most interesting sessions were usu- 
ally at night and were held in the Mclntyre Amphi- 
theater, a ver\' large outdoor structure equipped with 
loud speakers and spotlights. 

The Institute started on Monday night, June twenty- 
second and was opened by Dr. Hardy C. Dillard, 
Director of the Institute. President John Lloyd New- 
comb of the University and His Excellency, Governor 
Price of Virginia also spoke for a few minutes. The 
main address of the evening was delivered by Major 
George Fielding Elliot, on "America's Interest in Sea 
Power." 

By far the most enjoyable side of our social life was 
the open invitation to the Farmington Country Club. 
The weather was quite warm while we were in Char- 
lottesville and the cool water of the pool was very, very 
delishtful. There were tennis courts and the golf course 
at our disposal. 

Everyone in Charlottesville was wonderful to us. We 
went to a dinner part)' at a country house several miles 
out of Charlottesville where we played charades and ate 
by candle light. Toppin Wheat asked us to dinner at 
her beautiful house set snugly in a stately group of trees. 
Then there were the law students who were going to 
summer school and their parties on the Lawn. . . . Upon 
several occasions we went over to the Beta House to 
chat and arsjue with the other student delegates and 
several of the speakers. Louis Fisher impressed upon us 
the fact that youth must organize while archduke Felix 
of Austria charmed us with his fluent English and beau- 
tiful manners. 

^\niat really made the Institute were the people we 
met and heard. I have already mentioned the student 
delegates. There were also many teachers who attended 
from all over the country. Mrs. Raymond and Dr. 
Cameron were there practically all the time. Miss 



Octohrr, 1941 



11 



Stochhciliii, Miss lic-Mid aiul Miss Glass came for several 
meetings. 

I was paiticularh interested to notice that a large 
numliei' of the people who attended were from Char- 
lottesville. The^' came regidarly and showed a Gjreat 
deal of enthusiasm. Among the people who participated 
most activeh- was Judge Cochrane of the Juvenile Court 
of Norfolk. There were also several ministers and a 
very inquisitive lady from the soviet. 

Among the speakers who were particularly interesting 
was Freida Utlv, a former communist from England 
with a high voice and a Turkish cigarette hanging con- 
tinually out of her mouth. She spoke on "The Far 
East in W'oi-jd Politics." James "^'oung, formerly Far 
Eastern Director of the International News Service in 
Tokyo, told us "Why Japan Will Fall." He ridiculed 
Japanese in ever\' way possible telling about their man\' 
blitzkriegs on China which always necessitate another 
one, and their "thought police" which supposedlv dis- 
cover one's inmost secrets. WcW known William L. 
Shirer requires no comments. His topic was appropriateh 
"Germany Toda}." Max Eastman's talk on "Po!ic\' of 
Vicarious Belligerence" was very popular. 

One of the most different sessions was on "The Ps\- 
chological Aspects of the Defense Program." Both Dr. 
Harry Slack Sullivan, consultant on Psychiatry to the 
Director of the Selective Service System, and Dr. Karl 
Menningcr, Chief of Staff of the Menninger Clinic, 
revealed several important facts. 

On the last dav Coimt Coudenhove Kalergi, Presi- 
dent of the Pan Europa Union presented his plan ver\' 
brillianth . Both he and the Countess were very popular 
among the delegates. Duncan Hall discussed a possible 
"Anglo-.-Xmerican Nucleus of ^Vorld Oi'dcr." Then, 
the Archduke Felix of Austria rounded out the discuss'on 
by presenting the Danubian solution. 

In the afternoon the student delegates had their chance 
to say a few words on "The United States and Post War 
Problems." It proved to be one of the most controversial 
topics of discussion and ran way over time. The elders 
seemed to be ver\' interested in discovering what youna 
people were thinking. 

Attending the Institute was an experience which I 
will long remembei' and hojie that I can repeat. The 
amount of information presented, and the number of 
ideas developed during those twelve short da\s was 
amazing when one realizes that anyone with the willing- 
ness to attend can have all this free of charge, it seems 
almost unbelievable. 




MARY MARKS DIRECTS 

The Alumnae Fund 



' I ■'HIS \ear brings an innova- 
-*■ tion of importance to the 
.\lumnae Fund. Mary Marks, 
'35, for four years secretary in 
the alumnae office has returned 
as assistant in the alumnae 
office. Last year, Mar\' was ap- 
pointed by the alumnae council 
to serve as the national chair- 
man of the Alumnae Fund for 
1941-43. She had expected to 
live in New \'()k this year — in fact, had been there for 
two months when she was urged to come ii;ick to Sweet 
Briar. 

When the council decided that the alumnae association 
would place the emphasis this year on a continuation of 
the campaign through the alumnae Fund, it was evident 
that greater time and energ\- should be expended than 
had before been possible. Mary consented to come back 
to Sweet Briar in order to direct Fund efforts. An in- 
valuable member of the staff, she brings experience and 
a wide knowledge of alumnae affairs to this important 
undertaking. 

She has already spent much time in securing class 
agents and workinir out the plans for a reorganized alum- 
nae Fund. To make this program a success, however, 
she will need the support of each alumn.ie. Already 
agents and sub-agents are at work, clubs and groups are 
planning benefit projects and some individuals arc desig- 
nating their gifts for Sweet Briar's capital endowment 
fund. 

Many of \au gave generously last year to the special 
appeal for building and endowment, many gave to both 
the alumnae Fund and the campaign, many were unable 
to give to either. This year, each alumna is given an 
opportunity to contribute as generously as she is able to 
the Fund, ^^'e ask you — a growing number of annual 
contributors — to invest \our faith in the future of Sweet 
Briar. Your prompt and whole-hearted response to this 
appeal is of vital importance to the college. 



12 



Alt, 



mnae .\cws 



\c 



PLAIN TALK 

By Marv V. Marks, '35 

SOMEONE once said it was in poor taste to snap 
questions and facts at unsuspecting readers. The 
]ioint thev neglected, however, was how to clear up false 
ideas or just no ideas at all and how to present thought- 
provoking questions without the use of an occasional 
exclamation point or question mark. AVith this in mind 
and an English 1-2 outline before me, the "jumping-in" 
plan of attack shouts for use — so here goes with the story 
behind the Alumnae Fund. 

There are no dues for membership in the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association. In 1933 the dues system of sup- 
port for the college was abolished. In its place came the 
Alumnae Fund, the only continuing fund through which 
alumnane may make yearly gifts of any size to their col- 
lege. Every girl who has enjoyed the stimulating and 
understanding methods of the classroom, the unique at- 
mosphei'e of friendly, informal community life, and that 
spiritual balance which comes in a happy and healthy 
campus environment, has in her a desire to see others 
share and grow at Sweet Briar. The Alumnae Fund 
is the channel for fulfillment of this desire. It is the 
s\mbol of ahnnnae determination to see the finest tradi- 
tions of the college perpetuated. 

A contribution to the Alumnae Fund carries with it an 
active membership in the Alumnae Association. All active 
members receive four issues of the Alumnae News. 
(The first issue is sent as a complimentary copy to in- 
active members also.) This quarterly, pubh'shed in Octo- 
ber, February, April and June, is edited by the Alumnae 
Secretary, and its policies are guided by an alumnae edi- 
torial board. It reviews campus developments and activi- 
ties, reports association plans and club programs, and 
about one-half of its content is devoted to personal news 
of alumnae, photographs and special notes. 

The privilege of voting and sharing in the work of the 
a.ssociation is extended to active members. General elec- 
tions are held every even year and ballots are cast by mail 
in May. New officers are inducted during Commence- 
ment weekend. 

The Alumnae Association maintains the Manson Me- 
morial Scholarship which is awarded each June to an 
upperclass student on the basis of leadership, community 
spirit and academic superiority. The scholarship is in the 
amount of $400, and the student receiving it is chosen 
by the Faculty Committee on Scholarships. Every gift 
to the Alumnae Fund has a part in this scholarship. 



A vohmtcer chairman, assisted by one agent from each 
class, directs the Alumnae Fund. Fund agents are in turn 
helped by one sub-agent for even' ten alumnae in the 
assigned groups. This means over foin^ hundred Sweet 
Briar alumnae organize their classes, write personal 
letters or make personal calls during the Fall of each 
}ear. The major part of the alumnae gift is made 
through individual contributions. However, the club 
projects with the sale of china, glass, lithographs, maga- 
zine subscriptions, advertising in the Alumnae News 
and the redemption of soap coupons make up about two- 
fifths of the annual income. The fund closes its books 
by presenting to the college all funds received from July 
1 to June 30. 

In recognition of the importance of the Alumnae 
Association, the college includes in its budget over $5,000 
for the maintenance of the Alumnae Office and its activ- 
ities. It pays the salaries of the Alumnae Secretary and 
her secretary. It allocates funds to the publication of 
the Alumnae News, the promotion of the Alumnae 
Fund, Sweet Briar Day and Commencement literature, 
travel and miscellaneous contingencies. Alumnae con- 
tributions do not go toward the running expenses of the 
.•\liimnae Office. All gifts made to the Alumnae Fimd 
go directly to the college, and therefore, are deductible 
items in computing income taxes. 

Since the college supports the alumnae to the extent 
of over $5,000, the alumnae are morally obligated to 
meet the expenses of the office if they are in reality to 
make a gift to the college. This has not been accom- 
plished during the past few years. Last 3'ear's low figure 
of $4,504.89 may be explained on the grounds that the 
college was conducting a campaign for endowment and 
a new building; but this year we hope for even greater 
individual and club eflFort. 

The college campaign as such, cannot continue, but 
the opportunity to contribute to the campaign still exists. 
The Alumnae Fund will have as its goal, $10,000 for 
capital endowment; and the more than 75% of Sweet 
Briar's alumnae who did not make a gift in the drive 
may do so this year through the fund. It is true that 
uncertainties still exist, taxes are higher and more de- 
mands are being made daih'. Yet privately endowed 
colleges, like churches and community endeavors, must 
not be neglected until the world turns to them once 
more for hope and encouragement in building the future. 
They need support today even more than in the past. 
Their task grows greater ever\' hour. They will be held 
responsible for healthy, alert minds, leaders in local and 
state affairs and the discipline of a free society. They are 



October, 1941 13 

permanent nssets of a democratic country, hut their exist- ing 1941-42. $10,(11111 pledged or on hand by Decem- 

ence is dependent upon the gifts of friends. her first will permit the administration to expend other 

This year the Alumnae Fund is asking each alumna funds and make new plans during the year. It is a 

and each club to contribute or pledge their gifts during healthy institution v\liich can grow each muntli and not 

November, and to make these gifts as large as possible. look to eventualities for action. 

Sweet Briar's needs are many. The most pressing is Sweet Hriar is part of the business of all her alumnae, 

capital endowment without which no college may pro- The complete support, interest and understanding of her 

gress or maintain its standards. The Alumnae Fund, former students at this time will assure her abilit\' to 

appreciating the necessity for capital endowment before continue her development of knowledge freely and will 

physical equipment, will restrict its gift to this need dur- keep burning bright "the beacon light of truth" forever. 



HAVE YOU A CANDIDATE? 

This Is Election Year! 

It is hoped that aUniinae everywliere will assist the nominating committee this year by using the democratic 
privilege of suggesting names for nomination. Send all names with recommendation to Miss Gertrude Prior, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia, before December 1, 1941. 

The nominating committee will be announced later. 

Article VI of the revised constitution, adopted by the alumnae in June, 1941, is quoted. 

"Section 1. The members-at-large of the Council and the officers of the association, with 
the exception of the second vice-president, the secretary-treasurer, and the AkuTinae Fund chairman 
shall be elected b\ ballot of the members of the association. 

"Section 2. The nominating committee shall present a slate of not more than thirty (30) 
and not less than twentv-four (24) nominees of whom at least four-fifths shall be graduates. Addi- 
tional nominations ma\' be sent to the alumnae secretary within four (4) weeks after publication of 
the Ali'mnae News, if accompanied h\- fifteen signatm-es of members together with the written 
consent of the nominee. 

"Section 3. Each member shall vote for eighteen (18) of the nominees to serve on the 
Council. Each member shall indicate on the ballot her preference for president anil first vice- 
president from among the graduates on this list of eighteen (18). The nominee for each office 
receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected." 
Requirements: Ability to attend and preside at Alumnae Council and the annual association meeting; a desire 
to imderstand and interpret the college: 

E.Kpenses of officers and council members for meetings held at Sweet Briar are paid h\ the college. 

NOMINATIONS 
Office Name Class Recommendation 



Sign Hei'e: Name Class 

Return slip before December 1, 1941, to Miss Gertrude Prior, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT 
of the Alumnae Fund, 1940-1941 

iq4n-19+l* 1939-19+0 
Number (if contributors (including life nu-mbcrs) 802 99/ 

Number of contributions '''*- °'^ 

Number of graduate contributions 50i o'O 

Number of graduate contributors ^ 

(including life members) '^''S 70> 

Number of ni>n-graduate contributions " ' --" 

Number of non-graduate contributors 

(including life members) --'+ -'- 

Total percent of contributors _^ ^ 

(including life members) 1' 'f -'-^ 

Total percent of contributions 1+'^'' 1^''" 

Total percent of graduate contributors 

(including life members) +1 vc 5_ /f 

Total percent of graduate contributions ^6% 50yc 

Amount contributed $2579.38 $3325.75 

*The figures presented in this report for 1940-41 do not include the 
many contributions made to the campaign for endowment and a new 
building. 

Special congratulations and thanks go to the classes of 1910, 1913, 
1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1935, 1938, 1939, and 1940 graduate 
contributors. 

The class with the highest percent of total contributors is 1910. 



THE FOLLOWING FIGURES ARE BASED ON LIVING 
MEMBERS OF THE ALUMNAE .ASSOCIATION 



!- ir = = 



o 


^ 


z - 


h- 


.C 




^ o 




g" 


Academy 


24 





788 





38 





5%' 


44.40 


Special 


4 





138 





S 





6% 


17.00 


1910 


4 


5 


11 


4 


6 


8% 


55% 


24.00 


1911 


3 


6 


12 


■> 


4 


33% 


33% 


5.00 


1912 


2 


3 


11 


1 


5 


33% 


45% 


7.00 


1913 


J 


14 


37 


7 


11 


50% 


30% 


38.50 


1914 


S 


8 


28 


4 


8 


50% 


29% 


31.00 


1915 


11 


6 


41 


5 


15 


83% 


37% 


13.00 


1916 


2 


10 


36 


4 


7 


40% 


19% 


13.00 


1917 


4 


10 


48 


7 


12 


70% 


25% 


36.00 


1918 


9 


18 


53 


10 


13 


56% 


25% 


54.00 


1919 


9 


IS 


54 


9 


12 


50% 


22% 


37.00 


1920 


i 


18 


60 


5 


6 


28% 


11% 


1.50 


1921 


6 


32 


88 


11 


15 


31% 


16% 


36.00 


1922 


4 


29 


132 


11 


21 


38% 


16% 


47.00 


1923 


7 


40 


157 


11 


22 


29% 


14% 


58.92 


1924 


11 


46 


129 


15 


20 


33% 


16% 


25.50 


1925 


1 


37 


127 


16 


19 


43% 


15% 


66.00 


1926 


12 


67 


157 


24 


30 


35% 


19% 


118.50 


1927 


5 


72 


163 


16 


24 


22% 


15% 


88.50 


1928 





57 


149 


21 


25 


36% 


17% 


54.00 


1939 





78 


181 


27 


29 


31% 


15% 


82.50 


1930 


3 


S5 


198 


25 


34 


30% 


18% 


89.50 


1931 





68 


169 


27 


34 


40% 


20% 


123.56 


1932 





60 


155 


18 


23 


30% 


15% 


87.50 


1933 





68 


196 


23 


29 


33% 


15% 


157.50 


1934 





68 


210 


30 


32 


44% 


157f 


97.00 


1935 


1 


90 


214 


53 


60 


59% 


28% 


243.00 


1936 





57 


178 


28 


41 


49% 


23%- 


184.00 


1937 





57 


136 


28 


34 


49% 


25% 


138.00 


1938 





79 


181 


42 


46 


53% 


25% 


164.00 


1939 





78 


181 


39 


57 


50% 


31% 


20r.75 


1940 




90 


174 


45 


52 


50% 


18% 


178.00 


1941 






93 




5 




5% 


11.25 


1942 






76 




3 




4% 


4.00 


1943 






41 




2 




5% 


2.00 



CONTRIBUTORS BY CLASSES 

See campaign Progress Report of July 3, 1941 and Page 20, October Alum- 
nae News for contributors to campaign for endowment and a new building. 



Lucille Schoolfield 
Alice Su/ain Zell* 
Henrietta Washburn** 



ACADEMY 

Mary Armstrong McClary* 

Anna Beveridge Leak*.'* 

Julia Beville Yerkes ^9^5 

(i.-nrude Bilhuber* . 

Helen Brockett Owen-Sniitli* Sarah Louise Arnold* 



Bessie Brown Lindsey 
Clytie CarroU Allen* 
Eniina Clyde Hodge* 
Margery Cox While* 
Elizabeth Craven Wesleotl* 
Helen Dittenhaver* 
Je-ssie Dale Dixon Sayler 
Margaret Duval Handy* 



Dorothy Brothers Kelly 
Catherine Burns Boolhby 
Leila Dew Preston 
Clare Erck Fletcher* 
Harriet Evans Wyckutf* 
.\iine Foster Rayne 
Margaret Grant* 
Kathleen Hodge Curtis* 



Carina Eaglesfield MlUigan Emily ^j^'^^fy* 



Elsie Lloyd Tandy* 
Helen Pennock Jewitl 
Frances Pennypacker*' 
Anne Schutte Wolt* 



Henrianne Early 
Maria Garth Inge* 
Claudine Griffin Holcomb 
Jean O. Harris 
Ayleite Henry Peery* 
Alberta Hensel Pew* 
Margaret Kaufman Spain* 
Virginia Lazenby O'Hara 
Kethleen M. Logan Love* 
Marie Lorlon Sims* 
Lou Emma McWhorter Carroll 
Hazel Marshall Sterrett** 
E. Bonner Means Baker* 
Katherine Nicolson Sydnor 
Margaret Potts Willianis 
Ruth Schabacker* 
Marguerite Sha/er Odom 
Virginia Shoop Phillips 
Eleanor Smith Hall* 
Martha Valentine Cronly* 
Dorothy Wallace Ravenel* 
Eula Weakley Cross 

Helena Jf'ebster Seott* 

Margaret Wilson Ballentyne* Dorothy Gram 
Jane Henderson 
SPECIAL Mary Kile Jenkins* 

„ . »,-„-i Rachel Lloyd Hollon* 

Margaret Davis M.lhken ^^^^^ Mclllravy Logan* 

Caroline Freiburg Marcus* ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^.^.^^^ 



Ophelia Short Seward 
Frances Simpson Upson* 
Gertrude Thams* 
Ethel Wilson Hornsry 
Florence Woelfel* 

1922 
.\gent: Gertrude Dally Massie 
Helen Anderson Henkels 
Alice Babcock Simons 
Selma Brandt Mussler 
Catherine Cook 
Gertrude Dally Massie 
Burd Dickson Stevenson 
Ruth Fiske Steegar 
Elizabeth Fohl Kerr 
Eleanor Guthrie Neff 
Clara Hogans Keepers 
Agnes Hood White 
Mary Klumph Watson 



E^my Tko^as Tno„,ass„„. —'„ ^ ^;; Co^b 



1916 
Agent : Margaret Banisler 
Margaret Banister 
Louise Bennett Lord 
Margaret Eckart 
Rachel Forbush Woo.!* 
Felicia Palton* 
Mary Pennypacker Davi-* 
Lucy Taliaferro 

1917 
Agent: Henrietta Crump 
Mary Bi-ssell Ridlrr 
Editli Christie Finlay 
Henrietta Crump 
Martha Darden Ziesing 
Esther Dittenhaver C<»ony 
Croyiier 



Dorothy Harrison 
Mary Herd Moore* 
Grace L. Martin* 
Frances Sloan Brody 
Mary Stewart Carter 
Hannah Workum Schwab* 

1910 
Eugenia Griffin Burnett** 
Louise Hooper Ewell* 
Frances Murrell Rickards** 
Annie Pouell Hodges** 
Adelaide Schockey Mallory 
Helen Schulle Tenney 

1911 
Alma Booth Taylor 
Margaret Dressier NohoweT 
Ruth Lloyd* 
Mary Virginia Parker* 

1912 
Agent: Loulie M. Wilson 
Miss Virginia R. McLaws. 

Honorary Member 
Virginia Etheridge Hitch 
Hazel Gardner Lane 
Frances Matson Hardie* 
Margaret Thomas Patten* 

1913 



Bessie Whittei Towsen 

1918 
\ ivienne Barkalow Hornbeck 
Cornelia Carroll Gardner* 
Louise Case McGuire 
.\my Elliot Jose* 
Elizabeth Lawman Hall* 
Margaret McVey** 
Catherine Marshall Shuler* 
Frances Myers* 
Mary Reed* 
Charlotte heater Kelsey 
Bessie M. Sims 
Eleanor Smith* 
Ida Walker Castner** 

1919 

Agent : Florence Freeman 

Fowler 
Henrietta Anderson* 
Katherine Block 
Nell Eikelman Hanf* 
Florence Freeman Fowler* 
Rosanne Gilmore* 
Louise Hammond Skinner 



Margaret Marston Tillar* 
Margaret Menk West 
Elizabeth Murray Widau** 
Beulah Norris* 
Virginia Ranson 
Torrance Redd Rinehart 
Grizzelle Thomson 
Marion Walker Neidlinger 
Hathaway Wright Rinehart 

1923 

Agent: Lorna Weber DowMng 
Miss Sparrow. Hon. Member 
Helen Burke Jenney 
Margaret Burwell Graves 
Isabelle Deming Ellis 
Helen O. Gaus 
Gertrude Geer Bassett** 
May Jennings 
Marie Klooz** 
Frances Lauterbach 
LaVern McGee Olney 
Richie McGuire Boyd 
Helen McMahon 
Louisa Newkirk Steeble* 
Dorothy Piickelson Williamson 
Margaret Nixon Farrar* 
Martha Robertson Harless 
Elizabeth Taylor Valentine** 
Helen G. Taylor 
Elizabeth Thigpen Hill 
Katherine Weiser Ekelund 
Margaret Wise O'Neal 
Helen Zielsdorf Beuscher* 

1924 
Frederica Bernhard* 
Willetta Dolle Murrin* 
Ruth Durrell Ryan* 
Susan Fitchett 
Caroline Flynn Eley 
Jean Grant Taylor* 
Helen Grill* 
Elizabeth Guy Tranter 
Eleanor Horned Arp* 
Emily Jeffrey Williams 
Kathryn Klumph McGuire* 
Muriel MacLeod Searby 
Dorothy Meyers Rixey* 
Phillis Millinger Camp* 



Elizabeth Hodge Markgral* Frances Nash Orand 



Isabel Lt 
Grace A'l 



ke Wilt** 
codemus Spechl* 



A In 



Agent: Elizabeth Franke Balls Mary Jones Nixon iNelsi 
Eugenia Buffington Walcott* Carrie Taliajerro Scott 
Margaret Dallon Kirk* 
Elizabeth Franke Balls 
Elizabeth G rammer Torrey 
Eleanor Koon Campbell 
Helen Lam from Neiman* 
Lucille Mxirshall Boelhelt 



Trevett* 
1920 
Agent: Isabel Webb Luff 
Nancy Hanna* 



„ D . J D . u • Margaret High 

Frances Richardson Pitcher* „ , " .. r«i<. 

,, _. , .- Edna Sloan Cole 

Mary rinkerton iverr 



Nornu-nt* 



Barbara Shand* 
Sue Slaughter** 

19U 
Agent : Alice Swain Zell 
Erna Driver Anderson* 
Addie Ervin DesPortes 
Marjorie French Nevens 
Ruth Maurice Correll* 
Rebecca Patton* 



Dorothy Wallace* 
Isabel Webb Luff* 
Marie Wiener Manz* 

1921 



♦Denotes Life Member 
**Denoles Life Member 
Making Contributions 



Elizabeth Cole* 

Catherine Cordis Kline 

Edith Durrell Marshall** 

Mildred Ellis Scales 

Fanny Ellsworth Seannell 

Ruth Geer Boicc* 

Mattie Hammond Smith 

Mary McLemore Matthews 

Katherine Pennewtll Lynch Ruth Taylor Franklin 

Elizabeth Shoop Dixon Helen Tremann Spahr 



Margaret Nelson Lloyd* 
Helen Rhodes Gulick* 
Ada Tyler Moss 
Josephine Don Mour Cramp ton 
Florence Westgale Krafferi 

1925 

Agent: Mary Nadineyopc 

Phillips 
Jane Becker Clipplnger 
Mary Craighill Kinyoun 
Clara Belle Frank Bradley 
Louise Gibbon Carmichael 
Eugenia Goodall Ivey 
Barrie Greason Cooper 
Dora Hancock Williams 
Dorothy Herbison Hawkins 
Cordelia Kirkendall Bueknian 
Martha Lee Williamsmi 
Gertrude McGiffert 

MaeLennan* 
Martha McHenry Haller 
Eleanor Miller Patterson 
Mary Nadine Pope Phillips 
Mary Sailer Gardiner 



Mary E. JfeUh Hempdill 
Virginia Whitlock Cc.l.b 



Agent: Harrirt Dunlfavy 

Mitchell 
Dorothy Bailey Hugh.-s* 
Kitty Blount AiukTscn 
Mary Bristol Gra'iaiii* 
Martha Close Page* 
CtTlrude Collins Caliian 
June Cunningham 
Kstelle Droege Kocs.h 
Helen Dunleavy Milch.-tl 
Mildred Crihhle Sr-iler 
Dorothy Hamilton Davis 
Jcanelle Hoppinger Sclianz 
Wanda Jen^rh Harris* 
Dorothy K,'ll,T Iliff 
Margaret Kriilvr Ivcy* 
Margaret Laidley Smith 
Dorothy McKee Abney 
Joyce MacCrcgor 
Virginia Mack Senler 
Margaret Wa/oneMcClenients* 
Elizabeth Moore Rusk* 
Ellen Neuell Brvan 
Priscijla \on Keys 
Katharyn Norris KeMi-v** 
Dorothea Heinburg FiiMer* 
Catherine Shulenbcrger* 
Virginia Lee Taylor Tinker 
Barbara ff'are Clarke Smith 
Margaret Jf'hite Knobloch 
K.ith if ill Beckh 

1927 
Agent: Elizabeth Millfr Allan 
Maud Adams Smitli 
Jeanelte Boone 
Madeline Brown Wood 
Theodora Cheeseman 
Margaret Cramer Crane 
Margaret Eaton Murpliy* 
Elizabeth Forsyth 
Elselta Gilchrist** 
Emilie Halsell Marston 
Cwin Harris Scott 
Kuth Loivrance Street* 
Elizabeth Miller Allan 
Elise Motley Fink** 
Crctchen Orr Swift 
Vivian Plumb Pahncr 
Julia Reynolds Dreisbarh 
Jane Riddle Thornton 
Mary Robbins Ailing 
Florence Shortau Poland 
Yenti Slater Shelby* 
Nar Warren Tayior 
M. Eugenia Tnomason 
Mary Elizabeth Turner Baker 
Virginia WiUon Rubhins 

1928 
Agent; Louise Harried Koss 
Eleanor Branch Cornell 
Dorothy Bunting 
Evelyn Claybrook Bowie 
Louise Conklin Knowles 
Harriet Dunlap Towill 
Sarah Everett Lee 
Constance Furman Wcstbrook 
Louise Harned Ross 
Elizabeth Hurloik Mills 
Elizabeth Joy Porter 
Kathcrine/,e'flrf/>eurer Bloomer 
Barbara LeiiU Maxwell 
Bess Lowrance Hill 
Sara Mi Henry Crouse 
Mary Nelms Locke 
Elizabeth Prescott Balch 
Anne Beth Price Clark 
Elizabeth Robins Foster 
Anne H, Shepherd Lewis 
Crace Sunderland Kam- 
Murion Taber Maybank 
\ irginia Van Winkle 

Morlidgc 
Joit-jyn Watson Rigen 
Lillian Lie Wood 



AcENT : Belle Broi kenhrnugh 

Hutchins 
Nora Lee Antrim 
Evelyn Ballard 
Mary Archer Bean Eppcs 
Ellen Whiting Blake 
BellefiforA(?n/)roug/jHutchin! 
Mildred Bronaugh Taylor 
Janet Bruce Bailey 
Sara Callison Jamison 



Katliryu Close 

Kale Tappan Coe 

Eleanor Humes Duvall Spruill 

Meredith Ferguson Sniythe 

Emilie Giese Martin 

Hallei Cubelman 

Lisa Guigon Shinbcrger 

Elizabeth Hilton 

Virginia Hodgson SutlitT 

Eugenia Howard Jon<'s 

Martha Dabney Jones 

Elizabeth Unkford Mih-^. 

Sully MtKee Slangir 

Cerlriide Prior 

Adelaide Riuhardsun 

Mury Shflton Clark 

Josephine Talman Musou 

Anna Torien Owens 

Estlier Tyler Campbell 

Margaret ff' eisiger Proctor 

Jane If'ilkinson Bunyard 

Amelia W oodward Davicr 

1930 
Agent: iNorvclI Royer Orgain 
Serena Ailes Henry 
Teresa W. Atkinson 
Alice C. Barber Davidson 
Helen Beard Huntington 
Marion S. Bromfield V'erner 
Deinia Chambers Glazier 
Merry Curtis Loving 
Sophia Dunlop Huiiier 
Evaline Edmonds Tiioma 
iMargaret Edmondson* 
Elizabeth Foster Askew* 
Ruth Hassan Smith 
Mary Huntington Harrison 
Alice Tucker Jones Taylor 
Martha Lee Posten 
Mary D. Lyon Althouse 
Susan McAllister* 
Mary M\icdonald Reynolds 
Myta Marshall Brush 
Carolyn Mariindale Blouin 
Caroline F. Maury 
Lucy Harrison Miller Baber 
Mary Moss Powell 
Gwendolyn Olcott Vt'riter 
Elizabeth Reed Orr 
Wilhelmina Rankin 
Sally Reahard 
Jean Saunders 
Helen Smith Miller 
Emilie W. Turner 
Evelyn Ware 
Gladys If' ester Horlon 
Elizabeth H illiams Gilmore 
Georgie U ilson Mockridge 

1931 
Agent: Natalie Roberts Foster 
Madame Cecile Johnson 

Honorary Member 
Violet Anderson Grull 
Dorothy Ayres Holt 
Martha von Briesen 
Mary Lynn Carlson King 
Elizabeth Clark 
Nancy Hancock Coe 
Jean Cole Anderson 
Virginia Cooke Rea 
Jean Countryman Presba 
Naomi Doty Stead 
Sara Foster Smith 
Josepiiine Gibbs Du Bois 
Laura Howe Smith 
Matilda Jones Shillington 
Frances Kelly Larkin 
Mary Stewart Kelso Clegg 
Helen Lawrence Vandcr Horsl 
Gertrude Lewis Maguvern 
Martha McBroom Snipnian 
Elizabeth Maner \use 
Martha MvCowen Burnet 
Jane Muhlberg Halvrrsladi 
Fanny ()' Brian Hel trick 
Jean Ploehn Kaufmann 
N'irgiiiia (Juinlard Bond 
Natalie Roberts Foster 
Mary Leigh Seaton Marston 
Helen Stm Mellen 
Mary Swift Calhoun 
Martha Tillery Thomas 
Marjorie ff'ebb Marynuv 
Peronne U'hitlaker Scott 
iSianey ^\'o^thinglun 

1932 
Agents Sarah Harrison Merrill 
Dr. Harley. Hon. Member 
Virginia Bellamy Rutfin 
Marjorie Blaikie Colthnp 



Alice Dabney Parker 
Jessie Fisher Gordon 
Eleanor Franke Crawford 
Mildred Gibbons 
June Hays Dowler 
Elizabeth Hun McAllen 
Ruth Ken- 
Charlotte Bird Magoffin 
Leiha Morris Wood 
Barbara Munler 
Helen Nightingale Gleasoii 
Martha Anne O'Brien 
Marcia L. Patterson 
Helen Pratt GralT 
Ruth Remon Wenzel 
Thedu Sherman Newlin 
Elizabeth Vber Eby 
Hildegard<- VoeUker Hardy 
Alice Weymouth McCord 

1933 
Agent: Hetty Wells Finn 
Virginia Aljord Johnston 
Enna Frances Brown 
Mary Buick 

Marjorie Bur ford Crensliaw 
Elizabeth Ncvil Crule 
Blanche Davies Barloon 
Elizabeth Stuart Gray 
Margery Cubelman Hasterl 
Emma Hills Melville 
Sara Houston Baker 
Katherine Howze Matlcllan 
Margaret Imbrie 
Mary Imbrie 
Ella Jesse Latham 
Ruth E. Kimmey Carnell 
Gerry Mallory 
Helen Martin 
Jane Martin 

Mary Kate Ration Bromhi-hl 
Frances Powell Zoppa 
Marjorie Ris Hand 
Mary Bess Roberts 
Josephine Rucker Powell 
Jeanette Shambaugh Stein 
Mary Rose Taylor Anderson 
Jean van Home Baber 
Virginia Vesey 
Margaret Wayland Taylor 
Hetty Wells Finn 

1934 
Agent: Mary Skinner Moore 
Eleanor Alcott Bromley 
Dorothy Andrews 
Eleanor Cooke Esterly 
Anne Corbitt Little 
Frances Darden Musick 
Amy E. Davies 
Louise Dreyer Bradley 
Emily Emory Washburn 
Rosemary Frey Rogers 
Deborah Gale Bryer 
Lydia Goodwin Ferrell 
Helen Hanson Bum ford 
Zune Irwin 
Marjorie Lasar Kurd 
Martha Lou Lemmon 
Mary W. MrCandUsh 

Livingston 
Emily Joyner Marsh 
Anne Marvin 
Mary Skinner Moore 
Elizabeth Ogilby 
Cordelia Penn Cannon 
Mary Pringle 
Anne Russell Carter 
Mary Lee Ryan Strother 
Elizabeth E. Svheuer Maxwell 
Julia B. Shirley Patterson 
Julia Sadler de Coligny 
Jean Spraguc 

Marguerite Stephens Sheridan 
Mary E. Suitle Briscoe 
Bonnie Wood Stookey 
Mary E. Young 

19.t.S 
A«iENT; Martha 7o/iej Betts 
Anne Baker 

Dorothy Bar nam Venter 
Barbara Benzinger Lind-l.-v 
Ruth H. Billman 
Laura Virginia Bohbtll 
Catherine Brandt Bryant 
Jane W. Bryant Hurlb.rt 
Allyn (^ apron Allee 
Peggy Carry Durland 
Florence Roberta Cope 
F^lizabelh Cotter Gilmore 
Elizabeth Courtney Case 
Geneva Croisman Steven* 
Virginia Cunningham Brookes 



Margharita Curtze Vicary 
Claudia DeWolf 
Mary Dunglinson Day 
Eleanor Elliott Scott 
Elizabeth Fox Moon 
Ruth G,ll Wickens 
Margaret Glover Paddock 
Virginia Golt Gilbert 
Juliet HalUBurton Burnett 
Beverley Hill Fnrniss 
Lucy F. Hoblilzell 
Mary James Howe 
R.bekah Huber 
Elizabeth Johnston Chile 
Manila Bulord Jones Betts 
Janet Kimball Miller 
Elizabeth W. Kliued.nst 
Hester Kraemer Avery 
Alice Laubach 
Jane Lawder 

Alice McCloskey Schlendorl 
Mary Marks 
Rebecca Marriner 
Frances Mceka 
Sarah Miller Adelman 
Jane Mitchell Robeson 
Claudia Montague Sweeny 
Elizabeth Myers Harding 
Charlotte Olmstead (iill 
Julia Peterkin 
Evelyn Poole Brown 
Ellen Pratt McGowin 
Sarah Ann Rick Putnam 
Anne Spiers 
Susanne Strassburger 

Anderson 
Jacqueline Strickland Dwelle 
iSatalae Strickland 
Ann Temple Benton 
Mary Tenipleton 
BernJce E. Thompson Reif 
Li da Voigt Young 
Marion If'alker Alcaro 
Mary If hippie Clark 
Margaret Williams Brooks* 
Helen Woleott 
Rebecca Young Frazer 

1936 
Agent: Katherine iViVes Parker 
Alice Benet Hopkins 
Elise B. Bowen 
Eni-ly T. Bowen 
Gloriana Burrill 
Dorothy Busch Bagg 
Lillian Cabell Gay 
Mary Virginia Camp Smith 
Margaret Campbell Usher 
Elizabeth Cox Schmidt 
Patricia Edmands 
Mary Corinne Fentress Gray 
Jane Fox Dodson 
Caroline Furniss Wolfe 
Kuth Gilliam Viar 
Frances Gregory 
Margaret Gregory Cukor 
Martha Anne Harvey Gwinn 
H. Orissa Holden 
Margaret Huxley Range 
Eleanor Krekeler Chrisiiian 
Abigail Lesnick 
Eliza Lewis Parham 
Margaret H. Lloyd Busli 
Dorothea MeClure 
C. Mitchell Raven scro ft 
Elizabeth Morton Forsylh 
Katherine Mies Parkir 
Esther O'Brian Towle 
Nancy Parsons Jones 
Elizabeth Pinker ton Scot I 
Mary Lre Poindexter 

Willingham 
Marquart Powell Doty 
Mary S. Rich 
Ruth Robinson Madison 
Jane Shelton Williams 
Mari<in Stearns .S'lm Reiil 
Aline Slump 
Mary Elizabeth Troy 
Martha Williams Tim 
Carrie Yvung Gilrhri>»t 
Mary Agnes Young 

I*)37 
Xc.Ksr: MeUn Williamson 

Duinont 
Frances Jane Bogle 
Margaret Bradley Forsyth 
Nina Cau thorn Jar\'is 
Mary J. Corhran Nicholson 
Margaret Corn well 
Agnes Crawford 
Margery Cruikshank Truxton 
Kathleen Eshleman 



Mary Helen Frucauff 
Mary G ruber Stoddart 
Ethel Virginia Hardin 
Frances Johnson 
Frances Kemp Pettyjohn 
Lillian Lambert Pennington 
Elizabeth Lee 
Anne Lemmon 
Margaret MaisRae Alh-n 
Barbara Munn Green 
Helen Neve 
Eddiiia Newby Adams 
Kitty O'Brien 
Dorothy Price Zeugner 
Dorothy Prout Gor^ueli 
Helen Rae Wainwriglil 
Anna Redfern Ferguson 
Virginia Rush Lang 
Vera M. Searcy 
Ellen Lee Snod grass 
Dorothy M. Stewart 
Marie A. ^\'alker 
May Weston 

Helen Williamson Dumont 
Eleanor Wright Beanc 

1938 
Agent : Franees Conies 

Hoflfman 
Mary Alice Berekmans Caiiby 
Ethlyn D. Bicdenharn 
Marion Brown Zaiser 
Ruth Chartener 
iVlary Jenuson Cob 
Frances Cordes Hoffman 
Betty Dail Wilson 
Barbara Derr Chenoweth 
Virginia Nunn Eady 
Dorothy Evans Haveron 
Frances Jane Faulkner 
Barbara Ferguson Lincoln 
Barbara Fish 

Bessie Lee Garbee Siegrist 
Katherine Gardner Stevenson 
Dorothy Gipe Clement 
Llewellyn Griffith Lougstaff 
Claire Handerson Chapin 
Hope Haslorf 
Helen Hays Crowley 
Shirley Haywood Alexander 
Virginia Heizer Hickenlooper 
Helen Hesson Binns 
Alice Hooper 
Katherine Hoyt 
Rebecca Kunkle 
Adele Marie Letcher 
M. Howell Lykes Colton 
Nancy McCandlish 
Janet Macfarlan Bergmann 
Genevieve Marsh 
Marguerite Meyers 
Sigur Moore Whitakcr 
Ruth Pfingsten Polster 
Ed wine Schmid Mill 
Lucile H. Sergeant 
Betty Smartt Johnson 
Kate Sulzberger 
Molly Talcott Dodson 
Lucy B. Taliaferro 
Ida Gray Todman 
Sarah Tomlinson 
Maud Tucker Drane 
Margaret Weimer Shepherd 
Janice Wiley Adams 
Lucy Robb Winston 
Pauline Womack S\>an 

1939 
Agent: Janet Thorpe 
Clarice Bailey 
Mary E. Barge Schroder 
Surah Walkup Belk 
Betlina Lee Bell 
Anne Benedict 
Leila Bond Preston 
Katharine B. Bonsai I 
Suzette Bouiell Hopkins 
Eleanor Claflin Williams 
D.aiitha Clements 
Hytah Coley Kitchelt 
Louise Corrigan Jordan 
EWie S. Day 
Anne Dearstyne 
Narcissa DiJlard *>wrsir.-.i 
Eudoxu .\nn Dingniun 
Betsy Durham Goodhue 
Barbara Earl Rein he inter 
Audrey K. Ferguson 
Anne Dudley Flannery 
Lucy Latane Gordan 
\'alcria Gott Murphcy 
Ruth Harman 
Anne Harrison Brown 
Elhel Haubrr Crowe 



Martha Hodill Smith 

June B. Holden 

Murtliu Houghton Caldwell 

Sliirley Ann Jones \\'oodard 

Mary Jane Judd 

Katherine Lawder Stephenson 

Yvonne Leggett Dyer 

June Lewis Kingsbury 

Lottie Lewis 

Eleanor Little M or fit 

Elizabeth Howell Love 

Helen McCreery 

Nancy McKee 

Jean McKeniiey 

Mary Mackintosh 

i'atty Moncure 

Marguerite Myers 

J ean Oliver Sartor 

Jane Parker 

Katherine Richards 

Julia Ridgvly I'eacock 

Gertrude Robertson Mid ten 

Margaret L. Roper 

Augusta Saul Edwards 

Jean Scott MacNair 

Mary Louise Simpson 

Florence Swift Dunance 

Janet Thorpe 

Mary Lane Tread way 

Eleanor C. Wallace 

Bennett Wilcox Barllelt 

Cherrie Willson Arrington 

19W 
Agent: Emory Gill 
Anne Adamson 
Jane Clarkson Baker 
Mary Frances Barnhardt 

Calder 
Ruth M. Beach 
Adelaide Boze 
Blair Bunting 
Jane Gould Bush 
Ann M. Cauthorn 
Constance Clear> 
Ruth Collins 
Anne Conaiit 
Connie Currie 
Marion Daudt 
Olivia Davis 
Laura Dirkie Neil 
Margaret H. Dowell 
Lois A. Fernley 
Anna Mae Feuchtenberger 
Jane Furniss Simpson 
Barbara Godfrey 
Ruth B. Goodwin 
Jane Nelson Goolrick 
Jeanne Harris 
Nancy Haskins 
Georgia Herbert 
Jane Knox Hopkins 
Mary Petty Johnston 
Coralte Kahn 

Margaret A'or(eryoAnMc(;ollom 
Clara MacRae Causey 
F'lorcnce Merrill 
Mildred M<oon Montague 
Marjorie Peggs 
Horlense Powell 
Martha Rector 
Margaret Royalt 
Clara Saascer 
Ann M. Sims 
Barbara Smith Whilloek 
Reba Smith 
Eleanor Snow 
Kuniuna Spur lock 
Hazel M. Slcrrell 
Helen W. Taylor 
Beth Thomas 
Nida Tomlin 
Margaret Vallance 
Elizabeth P. Vanderbilt 
Anne Waring Lane 
Olive May \^ hlttinglon 
Evelyn Williams 
Margaret Woods 

1911 
Jean Carroll Bigg<-rst«Jl 
Betty Vivian Cro»anian 
Juliet Fisher Furman 
Martha Mclntyre 
Marjiirie Soons Siiii|is(iii 

1942 
Jeanne Buzby 
Mary Elizabeth Lew."*. 
Mary Ellen Thompson 

1943 
Mary Jane Stciger 
Gloria Zick 




On Campus 



By Catherine O. Coleman, '42 

Cartoons b\ Courtesy of Atiattisia SaJozcskx '44 



ACCORDING to the calendar, it's autumn at Sweet 
I- Briar, but there's something in the air that denies 
the fact. Everyone is telHng everyone else the dire news 
— if it does not rain in ten days, college will be closed. 
Needless to sav, the attempts to get corroboration from 
those who should know reveal that another rumor is run- 
ning its coiu'se. We are baking in the heat, and classes 
are filled with sleepy heads. However, the heat has not 
dimmed our enthusiasm over the rejuvenated portions of 
campus. Upper classmen are enthralled by the summer 
changes, for the freshman side of campus scarcely looks 
the same. Yes, Grammer has at last been redecorated. 
The rooms are cheerier, and it is no longer necessary to 
trek to Reid if you adore washing your hair under the 
shower. Commons alone is unchanged, for the parlors 
now sport murals depicting life and beloved scenes at 
Sweet Briar. It's even possible to identify some of the 
people in the faculty procession — if your imagination hap- 
pens to work that way. The change is certainly exciting 
and new. 

Reid, too, boasts a redecorated parlor — not in soft 
murals — but with Chinese red draperies and wall-panels 
to match the new screen in front of the main door. All 
in all, that side of campus bears little resemblance to its 
state of former years. 

The English department is enriched by the courses 
under Dr. Ra\'mond Short, formerly of Yale. English 
majors tell us that he is an inspiring teacher. It is grand 
to find everyone so pleased over the first occupant of the 



Carter Glass Chair of Government, Dr. Egbert S. ^Ven- 
gert, who with Dr. Turner Cameron assisting him is 
placing emphasis on subjects vital to an understanding of 
present affairs. Dr. Cameron is also teaching the Ec. 
department's "Business Organization and Banking." This 
course has been broadened to include a study of the gov- 
ernment's relation to the American economy. Although 
the class is small, the interest is great. 

Another newcomer to campus is Dr. Collerohe Kras- 
sovsky, Russian born American citizen. Those who are 
taking "Soc" from her have already learned something 
of her exciting life. Her classes are both interesting and 
stimulating. 

Among the new courses, "Studies iji the Present 
Crisis," which was started last year, is still being con- 
tinued. So far, there has been an organization meeting 
preparatory to the discussion of Carl Becker's Modeni 
Democracy. The selection of other books is being made 
as time goes on, in order that they may be those of cur- 
rent interest. Those of us who were in the class last year 
feel that the course was well worth the time spent al- 
though it stimulated interest to the extent that it required 
much additional work. 

Defense work is playing an important role at Sweet 
Briar. The Health and Physical Education Committee 
reported that approximately fifty signed the health pledge 
last 3ear — others insisting that they were already observ- 
ing the required schedule. Two of the committee's goals 
have been realized by the addition to the curriculum this 



Octohrr, 19-il 



17 



\ car of a class in nutrition, and last year, the class in first 
aid with eighteen completing the course. As is done in 
Classical Civilization and the Crisis, Nutrition will be 
taught by the members of the faculty and staff in whose 
province lies the topic under consideration. All eight 
members of the class have had pre-requisite work in either 
chemistry or biology. 

Elsie Digges, chairman of the Funds Committee, re- 
ports that relief work is under way for the year. Knitting 
this year will be done for the Red Cross, and, as usual, 
the fall drive will be conducted. Bundles for Britain will 
be aided by clothes collections and numerous drives for 
money. There are also two new war relief projects — the 
World Student Service Fund through which students at 
Sweet Briar will contribute towards the food, clothing, 
and housing of their fellows all over the world. Emphasis 
will, of course, be placed upon education and post-war 
reconstruction. Buying clothing for children stricken by 
the war is one of the major aims of the other plan — 
^'oimg America Wants to Help, the local Lynchburg 
organization is luider the direction of Mrs. Powell Glass. 
Included in the British war relief plans, we will collect 
tin foil in bags provided for that purpose. We will also 
.save tooth paste tubes again this year. 

Speaking of histrionic ability Paint and Patches took 
time off from rehearsals of "Arms and the Man" in 
order to meet .^ints and Asses in a wild-and-woolly 
lacrosse game for the benefit of the auditorium fund. 
The tempo of the game was greatly increased by the fact 
that on both teams there were several people who had 
never even seen a lacrosse game. In the final outcome. 
Paint and Patches was victorious, score 1-0, and there 
was $7.00 for the fund. 

With Founders' Day coming on the 31st of this 
month, we are expecting many of you back. Among the 
general festivities will be the P and P party after the 
play. As usual there will be room for the old members 
who are loitering around hoping to discover what Dug- 
gins and Rufus learned at Chapel Hill this summer. 
Their ecstasy was, in the main, aroused by the stage 
facilities there and elsewhere. Meanwhile, Sweet Briar 
is struggling on with Fletcher. Scenery is still warping 
in the damp pit beneath the music building before it is 
rebuilt in the corridors (or outside if it happens to be 
a sinin\- da\- or there is a rehearsal inside). In other 
Words, we still desperately need and want an auditorium. 

As always, at the end of the summer there are reports 
of summer projects. Carrying on their work in the In- 
ternational Affairs' major, Margaret Preston and Eu- 
genia Burnett, both of '42, represented Sweet Briar at 



the Institute of Public Aft'airs in Charlottesville. Both 
Pres and Eugie reported the meetings at Convocation. 
As usual Nancy Bean, '43, managed to have some amaz- 
ing experiences, this time in Lord and Taylor's college 
shop, where she and Debbie Wood, '42, spent theii' time 
out-fittin<r the freshmen. 




Speaking of the freshmen, they have been wearing 
their aprons and beads and are now preparing with fear 
and trepidation for Freshman-Sophomore day on Satur- 
day. All initiation is now concentrated on one day. 
Sophomore plans are being whispered furtively, and the 
freshmen are cowering at this early date. Then, too, 
they have to plan for the circus. 

A happy note on campus is the report that the Patch 
Box cleared one thousand dollars last year to further 
increase the students' contribution to the auditorium fund. 
.As Sweet Briar gets glamourous, the auditorium grows a 
bricks' worth. 

It seems as if school has been in progress for months 
and the session of 1941-1942 is well underway now. 
The freshmen are getting settled and the seniors are 
starting out to make "the one year more" the best 
ever. Campus is, as ever, a bee-hive of activity. The 
cabin was officially opened a few Sundays ago; the 
Southern mail trains are still late; the Inn with its new 
log benches is still crowded; and we arc all in a per- 
petually tired state mosth because of the heat. However, 
drop in whenever you can, and we'll wake up long 
enough to show you the Sweet Briar of today. 



All, 



tnnae l\cvjs 



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The Faculty Up to Date 

By Eva Matthews Sanford 

IT is pleasant to learn that \ou want information about 
the facLilt)', but rather difficult to decide what to tell 
you. Some of you know all of us who are here except 
the few who came this fall; others look on all but a few 
of the Old Guard as strangers who have come in since 
}our da)", though we may have spent more }ears of our 
lives here than }ou did. Some of you will always think 
of the faculty only in terms of the individuals you knew 
best, who left their marks upon you for good or ill, while 
the rest of us are merely part ofthe background of Sweet 
Briar, less picturesque than its natural surroundings, but 
probably useful in one way or another. So it may be 
appropriate to paint you a composite picture of the faculty 
to begin with, and leave consideration of specific topics 
for later numbers of the News. I shall follow Sweet 
Briar's good custom and consider members of the staff 
"whose names appear in the college catalogue" as part 
of the faculty. 

Wt are not all elderly absent-minded college profes- 
sors; for we gained this fall several very recent graduates 
of Sweet Briar itself, who live up to the standards of the 
college by adjusting themselves to their new dignities 
most gracefully. We range in height from a hopeful 
"about five feet" to Mr. Worthington's towering stature, 
and our breadth and girth are also varied. \Ve hope, 
however, that we may all be considered equally broad- 
minded and clearsighted, whatever our physical deficien- 
cies may be. We have some delightful wives (individu- 
ally), and a smaller number of husbands, who are a great 
boon in a group predominantly feminine. We cooperate 
with the popular Sociology course in the Family by pro- 
viding a number of faculty children ; the oldest have 
finished college and are turning some of us into grand- 
parents, but the youngest is barely a month old at the 
time of writing, and the characteristic type this year is 
blond, curl) haired, about three years old, and as charm- 
ing as anyone on the Alumnae Bulletin Board. 

We were "bred and born" in many states, from Maine 
to California, from Michigan to Alabama, with a fairl)- 
impartial representation from the Old South, New Eng- 
land, the Middle West, and Texas. We can also claim 
Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Sicily, 
Croatia, and Turkey among our birthplaces. The first 
languages we learned were American in man\' local vari- 
ations (a faculty symposium on "Arthur the Rat" would 
interest any student of phonetics), English, Danish, Ger- 



man, French, Itahan, Serbian and Russian. We are not, 
however, limited to these languages when we wish to 
express our thoughts, for we also speak Spanish, Swedish, 
Norwegian, modern Greek, Ukrainian, Turkish, and 
Urdu (Hindustani to }ou), and Dr. Scott is now in 
Brazil improving oiu" Portuguese. We naturally read 
more languages than we have common occasion to speak; 
our academic training has involved us in ancient Greek, 
Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Hebrew, Provencal, Catalan, Old 
High German, Old French, and so forth, and individual 
vagaries have given us some smattering of Chinese, Cop- 
tic, and Arabic. ^Vhen we run short of words, we can 
express ourselves through the medium of art of music, 
and this habit is not limited to the departments chiefly 
concerned. The Studio Club numbers the head of the 
English Department among its talented members; the 
Little Theater in Lynchburg profits by the talents of a 
few actors among us; recorders are popular this year, 
man)' of us sing in the bathtub and a few are even 
encouraged to sing in public, in Mr. Finch's choral 
group in Lynchburg. 

Our academic degrees are chiefly the usual A.B., B.S., 
M.A., and Ph.D., but we also have more than one B.D., 
an M.D., and a B.S.A.E. By grace of the President and 
Dean, we also have more elevated degrees to grace our 
catalogue, ^'ou might quote the list of colleges and uni- 
versities from which these degrees were obtained when 
someone unwisely suggests that Sweet Briar is a provin- 
cial sort of local institution. Li addition to Sweet Briar, 
we have studied at Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, 
Colby, Columbia, Goucher, Greenville, Guilford, Lynch- 
burg, Mount Holyoke, Oberlin, Radcliffe, Randolph- 
Macon, Russell Sage, Skidmore, Smith, Swarthmore, 
Vassar, and Wellesley Colleges, and at Union Theo- 
logical Seminary. Among universities we chose Alabama, 
Brown, Buffalo, California, Chicago, Clark, Columbia, 
Cornell, Delaware, George Washington, Harvard, Illi- 
nois, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts 
State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, 
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Princeton, South Caro- 
lina, Leland Stanford, Texas, Toronto, Vermont, Vir- 
ginia, V. P. L, \\'ivconsin, and Yale, as well as Birming- 
ham, Cambridge, Oxford, London, the Sorbonne, Copen- 
hagen, Belgrad and Odessa. We have also worked at 
the American Academy in Rome and the School of Clas- 
sical Studies at Athens, and have studied music, art and 
languages, or carried on individual research at many 
other places in Europe and the East. So we should know 
something of the world outside Sweet Briar, and should 
be able to profit by the interests and standards of other 



October, 1941 



19 



institutions in planning the college curriculum and help- 
ing to shape its policies. Though our present range is 
restricted by comparison with our past wanderings, Miss 
Morenus is now in California on sabbatical leave, and 
Mrs. Lill and Mr. Scott are in South America. You 
ma)' have met us this summer in Canada or Porto Rico; 
"Scnor" gratified New Englanders on the faculty by 
falling in love with Cambridge on his first day there, 
and Miss Hubcr has come to rank California next to 
Switzerland. 

The dormitories no longer have room to house many 
of us, but the college has recentl)' made over some of the 
single rooms in the faculty houses down the hill into very 
pleasant apartments, and has glorified the stucco boxes 
across the road with fresh white paint. Several of the 
faculty have built their own houses on the campus, from 
the pioneer Red Top to Miss Mull's handsome new 
home; there is a growing settlement, as yet unnamed, 
near the Walkers, and the absence of "Ma Jordan" is 
partially compensated by the residence of a new member 
of the English Department, with his wife and small 
daughter, in her house. Several others live in Amherst 
or near the Edwards' house on the way to Amherst. 
Though some of us are still pedestrians, and a couple 
have bic3cles, there are more faculty cars each year and 
a new red roadster is an object of great interest. Mr. 
Connor still has the only trailer. 

In spite of the preponderance of old maids among our 
number, we seem in general to prefer dogs to cats as 
pets, though Miss Morenus' redoubtable Leo and Miss 
Boone's prolific Coquette must not be forgotten. Most 
of our dogs, in their purer moments, are glossy black 
or gleaming white, but Virginia clay is apt to reduce them 
to a poor imitation of Robin's tawny hue in daily life. 
We do not need canaries in this Bird Sanctuarv, and 
instead of gold-fish we reluctantly provide homes for 
silverfish and other persistent specimens of the local fauna. 
Our psychology and zoology departments foster a scien- 
tific passion for frogs and bats, not generally shared bv 
the rest. We contribute a couple of horses for the Sweet 
Briar and Amherst horse shows. 

We are seldom willing to admit that classes, papers, 
study, research, committees, advisees, and community 
activities here, in -Amherst and in Lvnchburg, leave us 
any leisure time, hut we use our leisure in a fairlv wide 
variety of ways. We pl.iv hockey (who could forget the 
Campus Characters: ), tennis, golf, bridge, chess, and 
Chinese checkers; several of us are devotees of double- 
crostics. Weather permitting, we frequently jump in the 
lake, though some of us find the ladder a more conveni- 



ent mode of entrance, and a few even prefer the pen. 
We have begun to knit again, some of us sew, or uphol- 
ster our furniture, and a few even cook. We usually 
fill the seats allotted to the faculty by the Committee on 
Lectures and Concerts, even though some of us slip into 
the back rows at the last moment instead. The American 
Association of University W^omen provides interest for 
a considerable group, and has long contributed to com- 
munit)' life b) sponsoring Amherst County Day. The 
Faculty Club, for which all of us are eligible, divides its 
activities between companionable entertainment and more 
serious, but equally interesting programs. And we always 
enjoy having students, past or present, drop in for tea, 
coffee, or just for conversation. 



A Wife's Eye View 

( Continufti from pagf ^) ) 

Just be natural — all women over twenty are the same age. 

Personally, I shall be glad when we stand detached 
and head for home to begin over. I like the civilian sense 
of community responsibility and the feeling of permanence 
and deep home ties that you can't have when )'ou move 
all over the world every two years. I like for the Church 
to be a part of my daily life, and here it can't be. I'd also 
like to be able to plant perennials in m\' )ard and know 
that I'd see them bloom next year, instead of annuals and 
hoping that I'll be here to transplant them from the 
seed bed ! 

But when I do find myself at home with a Mister 
instead of a Lieutenant, I shall have with me a great deal 
that I've learned from these people and this life. Courage 
and selflessness, calm in confusion, a sort of timelessness, 
and above all the age old philosophy "Sufficient unto 
the day is the evil thereof." There's time enough to face 
things when they come — and no one knows that better 
than the gentle ladies of the service. They truly serve in 
waiting, and it's a soul-buildling experience to live among 
them. 




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Campaign Progress Report as of October 7, 1941 



The campaign for building and endowment will be 
continued this fall through the Alumnae Fimd. By vote 
of the Alumnae Council, the Alumnae Fund this year will 
be used for capital endowment and it is hoped that the 
work will go forward vigorously during the fall and winter. 

Since the fall issue of the Alitmnae News is sent 
to all alumnae, this issue brings the report of the cam- 
paign up to ilate and no separate report will be published. 
We are listing the names of alumnae who have con- 
tributed since the last report was issued in July and the 
names of those who were omitted in the July report. 
Further details about the campaign will be furnished by 
the .Alumnae Office upon request. 



97 Faculty and staff members 

62 Employees 

265 Students in college 1940-41 

175 Parents and friends of students 

1(110 Alumnae 

.549 Friends of the colleire 



Less 27 persons who are both alumnae 
and parents of students or alumnae 
and staff members 



Campaign total for October 7, 1941 



$ 8,4.34.75 
173.25 
23,156.53 
10,989.50 
38,666.08 
37,390.00 

$118,810.11 



2,308.75 
$116,501.36 



ADDITIONAL ALUMNAE CONTRIBUTORS 



Academy 

Gertrude Bilhuber 
Lou McWhorter Carroll 
Julia Cleland 
Mary Parrish Ferguson 
Ethel Shoop Godwin 
Virginia Robertson Harrison 
Claudine Griijin Holcomb 
Bessie Brown Lindsey 
Ruth Hancock Murrell 
Anita Cozcan Lippitt 
Marion Peele 
Evelyn Haih Peyton 
Mary Saunders Ruffin 
Louise Holmes Stcinhoff 
Edna Steves Vaughan 
Helen Baker Waller 
Flora Davisson Ward 

Class of 1911 

Virginia Shoop Phillips 
Alma Booth Taylor 

Class of 1914 

Helen Dittenhaver 
Elizabeth Green Shepherd 

Class of 191 5 

Mathilde Booth Weems 

Class of 1917 

Anna Bevertdge Leake 
Bessie Whittet Towsen 

Class of 1918 

Cornelia Carroll Gardner 
Martha Davenport Kennedy 
Margaret McCluer 
Eleanor R. Smith 

Class of 1919 

Henrietta Anderson 
Isabel Wood Holt 
Mary Hatton Mason 

Class of 1920 

Elmyra Penny packer Coxe 
Isabel le Hanna Cioldsborougli 

Class of 1921 

Madeline Bigger 
Class of 1922 

Virginia Box Crolley 

Katherine Hartt 

Katherine Minor Montague 

Beulah Norris 



Class of 1923 

Mary V enable Barclay 
Georgia T/ireadcrafi Flournoy 
Phyllis Sherman Nelson 
Mary Tignor 
Lydia Purcell Wilmer 
Elizabeth Franklin ^'oung 

Class of 1924 

Mary Marshall Hobson 
Frances Nash Orand 

Class of 1925 

Clara Frank Bradley 
Ashley C. Carter 
Ruth Taylor Franklin 
Laura Graham Hunter 
Mary Craighill Kinyoun 
Lucy Marion Reaves 
Woodis Finch Roberts 

Class of 1926 

M a rga ret K rider I \ ey 
Frances McCamish McNeel 
Elizabeth Moore Rusk 

Class of 1927 

Beatrice Carson Arndt 
Margaret Orde Bradstrect 
Julia Reynolds Dreisbach 
Alice Eskesen Ganzel 
Mildred Wilson Garnett 
Camilla Alsop Hyde 
Virginia Kaake Setter 
Gwin Harris Scott 
M. Eugenia Thomason 
Jane Riddle Thornton 
Anna Patton Thrasher 

Class of 1928 

Elizabeth Crane Hall 
Evelyn Hartt 
Margaret Lockhart Oast 
Page Bird Woods 

Class of 1929 

Esther Tyler Campbell 
Frances Guthrie 
Elizabeth Lewis Reed 
Charlotte Marks Schade 
Martha Maupin Stewart 

Cla:>s of 1930 

Amelia Wilson Corley 
Sophia Dunlap Hunter' 
Helen Mathezvs Palmer 
Sally Reahard 
Mary MacdonaUi Reynolds 
Margaret Diack Watson 



Class of 1931 

Ruth Graham Bartholdi 

Mary Cannaday Gore 

Mary Frances Westcott Hale 

Martha Baker Johnson 

Phoebe Roue Peters 

Virginia Cooke Rea 

Martha McBroom Shipman 

Elizabeth Maner Vose 
Class of 1932 

Marj orie Ward Cross 

Susie Ella Burnett Davis 

Emma Knoztlton Humphreys 
Class of 1933 

Elizabeth Taylor Burleson 

Jessie Coburn 

Marj orie Burfnrd Crenshaw 

Katherine Le Blond Farquhar 

Hetty Wells Finn 

Marj orie Jones Gar lick 

Elizabeth Gray 

Ella Jesse Latham 

Doris Crane Loveland 

Mary Bess Roberts 

Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts 

Betty Workma7i Wright 

Frances Pozvell Zoppa 
Class of 1934 

Thelma Hanijen Fried 

Bonny MacDonald Hatch 

Dorothy Hutchinson Howe 

Marie LePine 

Mary Evelyn Wood LittrcU 

Louise Peck Mason 

Joanna Fink Meeks 

Sue Johnson Simpson 

Cecilia Btrdsey Wade 
Class of 1935 

Laura Virginia Bobbitt 

Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle 

Kathleen Casey Highsmith 

Anne Irving 

Jane Lawder 

Eleanor Elliott Scott 

Margaret Rose Turnbull 

Margharita Curtze Vicary 
Class of 1936 

Carrie Marshall Young Gilchrist 

Frances Gregory 

Margaret Men eke 

Anna Scudder Shoch 

Martha Williams Tim 

Margaret Upton White 

Mary Lee Poindexter Willinghan 

Marjorie B. Wing 



Class of 1937 

Margaret Cornwell 
Katherine Shaffer Hardy 
Frances Johnson 
Virginia Rush Lang 
Nancy Nalle Lea 
Mary Agnezc Merrill 
Vera Searcy 
Dorothy Stewart 
Elizabeth Williams 

Class of 1938 
Louise Bailey 
Jane Bemis 
Ruth Chartener 
Frances Jane Faulkner 
Betty Mead Smartt Johnson 
Elizabeth Burks Ridenhour 
Margaret Weimer Shepherd 
Betty Moore Stowers 
Pauline Wo mack Swan 
Ida Todman 
Elizabeth Willcox 

Class of 1939 

Clothilde Palmer Baker 

Sarah Belk 

Anne Harrison Brown 

Elizabeth Campbell Gawthrop 

Katherine S. Kleburg 

Jean Gray Scott MacNair 

Martha Matthews 

Ann Parks 

Barbara Earl Reinheimer 

Class of 1940 
Ann Adamson 
Virginia Allison 
Adelaide Boze 
Mary Jane Burnett 
Dorothy Campbell 
Betty Frantz 
Anne Waring Lane 
Cecilia Mackinnon 
Florence Merrill 
Nan Dickie Neil 
Alverta Hill Thompson 
Frances Moses Turner 

Class of 1941 

Ruth Carter Finnell 
Emily Peyton 
Barbara Searles 

Class of 1942 
Jeanne Buzby 
Pattie Rose Early 



October, 1941 



21 



Class Personals 



I9I0 
Class Secretary, Francfs Murreli. Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingh.ini) North Shore Point, Nor- 
folk, Virginiii. 
Dear "Old C.irls": 

I iicplccti-d y<ni Inst year, but I am sun- 
you will "forgive and forget" vvlien I tell 
you the fault was because of the serious illness 
of my husband. Since he has been partially 
restored to health now, and things at home are 
near normal, I can take up my duties again. 

My daughter, Murreli, has just begun her 
second year at Sweet Briar. A letter from her 
today says they gave the freshmen a barn dance 
Saturday night and that there were fifty more 
men than girls. Can you imagine it? The 
Washington and Lee and University of Vir- 
ginia hoys seem to swarm over the campus 
every weekend. It wasn't like this "in the 
olden days." 

I have no special news concerning the first 
graduates. We arc still carrying on taking 
care of husbands, children, or both. None of 
us is a grandmother yet. Anne Miller's daugh- 
ter, Anne, was married this summer. She was 
1910's first child to marry. Eugenia Bur- 
nett's daughter is a senior at Sweet Briar thi? 
year, and president of Student Governnicn*. 
Louise Ewell's son graduated from high school 
this past June at the age of sixteen and is 
having a year at an academy. 

I stopped In to see Nan Powell Hodges 
this week. Her husband. Dr. W. T. Hodges, 
lias just been appointed executive officer of 
the Hampton Roads Regional Defense Council. 
He was granted leave of absence from William 
and Mary College for the duration of the 
defense program. 

The generation ahead of us is rapidly pass- 
ing away, and soon w^e will be the old peopl-?. 
Anne Miller's mother, Mrs. Cumnock, died 
last winter at Altavista, Virginia and Eugenia 
Burnett's mother, Mrs. Griffin, died in the 
spring at her home in Salem, Virginia. A card 
this week from Eugenia brings the sad news 
of the death of Mrs. Walker. The Walker 
family came to live at St. Angelo in 1909, 
and Mrs. Walker has attended, I am sure, 
every commencement at Sweet Briar, and almost 
every alumnae banquet. We shall miss her. 

Welcome home to Richmond, Anne Keith 
Royal, our first May Queen, and let me have 
some news about yourself! 

Now, since the October issue goes to all of 
you, I hope those who belong to "my time" 
will read this, and send me some news about 
themselves for the December issue. Remember 
you must send a contribution to the Alumnae 
Fund ill order to get the next three bulletins. 

1913 

Class Secretary, Mary Pinkerton Kfrk 
(Mrs. James),' Box 1232, University Station, 
Charlottesville, Virginia. 
Dear 1913: 

I am glad this number goes to everyone, as 
I would like to remind you of the "round 



robin". Please "keep it rolling." In the fol- 
lowing list of 1913, the names marked with 
an asterisk are those who have requested thi 
"round robin", so please send it to them first, 
if they have not received it already. Please 
notify us of any mistakes or omissions as Aell 
as addresses of those listed as lost. 



3Jn HJpmoriam 

Dorothy Bcnn, cx-'Z?, Mrs. Walter L. 

Morgan, Deceased July 6, 1941. 
Ern.T Elniendorf, Special, Mrs. Milton 

McAllister, Deceased June 26, 1941. 
Lucy Gayle, Academy, Mrs. Patrick 

Calhoun, Deceased, 1940. 
Ellen L. Hayes, ex-'29, Mrs. Lyle 

Leighton Brush, Deceased May 4, 

1941. 
Christine Ruth McCordic, Special, De- 
ceased. 
Mary Belle McNally, '21, Mrs. Joseph 

Woods Walker, Deceased February, 

1933. 
Mary E. Pierce, ex-'23, Deceased. 
Gwendolyn Watson, '24, Mrs. George 

G. Graham, Deceased July 14, 1941. 



.Alexander, Jeanne (ex) (Mrs. H. Barton 

Cook) c/o Thomas Holbart, Greeley, la. 
Bailey, Almeria (ex), 1224 Chesapeake Ave., 

Hampton, Va. 
*Baldwin, Beatrix (ex) Mrs. Leicester C. 

Lev\is, 7737 St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut 

Hill, Philadelphia, Penna. 
Bancroft Dorothy (ex); 915 E. High St., 

Springfield, Ohio. 
Bigelow, Alice (ex); Mrs. O. J. Ricliard, 

Box 483, Georgetown, S. C. 
Boice, Jennie May (ex), 2340 Monument 

Ave., Richmond, Va. 
Bowman, Lillian (ex), Mrs. T. E. Morrell, 

84 Charles St., New York, N. Y. 
Bradfield, Emma (ex), Mrs. Charles .A. 

Bratton, 119 Cherry St., Barncsville, 

Ohio. 
Brown, Bessie, (ex), Mrs. Edgar E. Lindsey, 

208 E. Fourth St., Rome, Ga. 
Bryan, Meta, (ex), Mrs. Richard Graves, 

3551 Hedrick St., Jacksonville, Fla. 
Brown, Gladys, (ex), Mrs. W. Clayton 

Lowry, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 

Canada. 
Buffington, Eugenia, Mrs. Russell Walcott, 

Tryon, North Carolina. 
Carney, Lucy, (ex), Mrs. T. D. Warner, 

Virginia Beach, Va. 
Carroll, Cletie, (ex), Mrs. Dugal A. Allen, 

2120 Calder Ave., Beaumont, Texas. 
•Clark, Mary, (ex), Mrs. Clarence Rogers, 

The Italian Villa, 200 Montgomery Ter- 
race Drive, .Atlanta, Ga. 
Clyde, Emma, (ex), Mrs. Edwin Hodge, Jr., 

1700 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, Penn.i. 
Coffin, Florence, (ex), Mrs. Jennings F. 

Gillem, 3620 Montevallo Rd., Birming- 
ham, .'Ma. 



•Cornwall, Isabel, (ex), Mrs. Douglas J. 
Miller, 304 Glen Avenue, Port Chester, 
N. Y. 
Cooper, Sarah, (ex), 803 S. Campbell St. 

Hopkinsville, Ky. 
Cranford, Clyde, (ex), Mrs. William G. 
Brantlev, Jr., 2843 29th St., Washington, 
D. C. 
'Craven, Elizabeth, (ex), Mrs. Allen West- 
cott, 1 Thompson St., Annapolis, Md. 
Dale, Virginia, (ex), Mrs. Howard C. 
Yergcr, 1405 Ellis Ave., Fair Lawn, N. J. 
*DaIton, Margaret, (ex), Mrs. Theodore 
Hamilton Kirk, 742 E. High St., Lexing- 
ton, Ky. 
Davidson, Nellie, (ex), c/o .Archie Rohrer, 

R.F.D. #3, Bethesda, Md. 
Denham, Sara, (ex), Mrs. Lingan A. Warren, 
1904 Forest View Rd., Hillsborough, Cal. 
Dowd, Ruth, (ex), Mrs. Albert Goss, 2832 
Lenox Rd., N. E., Atlanta, Ga. 
•Early, Henrianne, (ex), 3041 Sedgwick St., 
N. W., Washington, D. C. 
Kranke, Elizabeth, Mrs. A. Kent Balls, 3406 
Lowell St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 
•Glass. Louise, (ex), Mrs. Peterson Marzoni, 

Wyman Hall, University, Ala. 
'"Grammer, Elizabeth, Mrs. Donald F. Torrey, 
316 Penn Rd., Wynnewood, Penna. 
Graves, Juliette, (ex), Mrs. J. W. Cone, 
2909 El Prado, Tampa, Fla. 
•Hancock, Ruth, (ex), Mrs. R. W. Murreli, 

2816 Monument Ave., Richmond, Va. 
•Hardie, Sue, (ex), Mrs. William T. Bell, 

40 Sherman Ave., Glen Ridge, N. J. 
■^Harris, Mildred, (ex), 5 Springdale Court, 
Greensboro, N. C. 
Hibberd, Helen, (ex), Mrs. Carroll W. Reed, 
Pleasant Valley, Wheeling, W. Va. 
"Horner, Eva, Mrs. George F. Butterworth, 

Jr., Hilltop Place, Rye, N. Y. 
•Houser, Ruth, 7641 South Shore Drive, 
Chicago, Illinois. 
HufF, Julia, (ex), Mrs. Henry Bedford, 

LOST. 
Koon, Eleanor, (ex), Mrs. Carlos Campbell, 
1607 .Arlington Ridge Rd., .Arlington, Va. 
Lamfrom, Helen, Mrs. Morris Nelman, P. O. 
Box 230, Fostoria, Ohio. 
'"'Marshall, Lucille, (ex), Mrs. Arnim Boethelt, 
2925 Corydon Rd., Cleveland, Ohio. 
Maury, Isabel, (ex), Mrs. T. Wister White, 

5416 Maple St., St. Louis, Mo. 
Mf)ssman, Vivian, (ex), Mrs. Frank B. 
Groves, 529 W. 11th .Ave., Huntington, 
W. Va. 
Pinkerton, Mary, Mrs. James Kerr, Box 
1232, University Station, Charlottesville, 
Va. 
Kibble, Margaretta, 21 W. 58th St., New 

York City. 
Richardson, Bernicc. Mrs. Percy C. Campbell, 

330 School St., Watcrtown, Mass. 

Richardson, Frances, Mrs. Albert Pitcher, 

S57 Westminster Ave., Elizabeth, N. J- 

•Shafer, Marguerite, (ex), Mrs. J. R. Odom, 

Whaleyvillc, Va. 

Slaughter, Sue, 8 Pelham Place, Norfolk, Va. 



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St.iplfs, Jean, (ex), Cangora Farms, R. F. D. 
#1, Brockport, N. Y. 

Summers, Frances, (ex), Mrs. N. R. Bardwell, 

4-04- Greenwood Ave., Clarksville, Tenn. 

*Swan, Dorothy, (ex), Mrs. R. F. Lent, 152 

Pennln^rton Ave., Passaic, N. J. 
*Tabb, Mary C, (ex), Mrs. Woodruff George, 
2423 Prytania St., New Orleans, La. 

Tandy, Mary, (ex), Mrs. Milton G. Moore, 
311 E. r6th St., Hnpkinsvllle, Ky. 

Thach, Mayo, Mrs. Donald Tarplcr, Darien, 
Conn. 

Thomas, Margaret, (ex), Mrs. George Pat- 
ton, Riverview, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Tyler, Mary, Mrs. Edward H. Cole, Mont- 
ross, Va. 

Watson, Mertie, (ex), LOST. 

Wheeler, Mary Anna, (ex), 9 E. PeJrcgosa 
St., Santa Barbara, Cal. 

Whelcss, Adelaide, (ex), Mrs. George Roll- 
man, LOST. 

White, Rebecca, Mrs. Ernest Facsch, 3602 
.Albemarle St., Washington, D. C. 

Wright, Linda, (ex), 866 Prospect St., La 
Jolla, Cal. 

1915 

Class Secretary, Frances W. PENNvr.^cKFR, 
517 Main Street, Phocnixville, Pennsylvania. 
Dear Classmates: 

My hope for more news from you people 
who did not answer my cards last spring has 
been blasted. So, I have very little to report 
except a letter from Agnes Hood Gronemeyer 
which arrived just after my last letter to you 
had been mailed. She writes, "Upon May third 
I attended the May Day ceremony at Sweet 
Briar. Dorothy Brothers, 1915, recognized me 
after twenty-five years of "wear and tear". I 
was delighted! My daughter (aged ninete.-n) 
is a Freshman in Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, Lynchburg, Virginia. Another daughter 
(aged twenty-three) is married, Mrs. Joseph P. 
Ast, in, of Staunton, Virginia, and is a graduate 
of Mary Baldwin College. A son (aged four- 
teen) is a freshman in High School. My 
husband is Plant Manager of West Virginia 
du Pont de Nemours Company. We often gn 
to Wilmington. I received an A.B. from 
Goucher College in 1916." 

This summer I spent a couple we^iks in 
July in Connecticut and Cape Cod and in 
August drove to Maine for another two weeks. 
No\\ I have moved back to Phoenixviile, 
Pennsylvania — 517 Main Street, and will 
probably be here until I find a job. I was 
so afraid something would turn up before 1 
had had my trip to Maine that I nndc no 
effort during the summer to find a position. 
Now I am looking in real earnest. 

My sister, Mary P. Davis, has two sons at 
St. Andrew's school in Delaware this yeai, 
and Elmyra P. Coxe has just returned from 
a trip to California and the Canadian Rockies 
and saw Maynette Roselle Stevenson in Kan- 
sas City on her way west. 

Don't you want to see your names in print? 
Just write to me and PU see that you are 
featured in the next issue of the Ah'Mnak 
News. How about some snapshots! I think 
they would add a great touch to our '.oUnnn. 
Hopefully, 
Frances W. Pennvi-acker 



1917 
Class Secretary, Polly Bissell Ridler (Mrs. 
Earl S.) 608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Del- 
aware. 

25 YEAR REUNION 
Dear Seventeeners ; 

I thought that I had successfully tMrn:fd 
this job over to Bertha. However she seems 
to be having her sabbatical leave this year, 
but I hope she will take over next time an)-- 
way. The only news I have to report is that 
Rachel Iloyd Holton's daughter and mine are 
both in the Freshman Class this year, and it 
\\as a thrill to realize that they have the same 
colors, motto and mascot as we did. They 
have just finished painting their colors on the 
fire plug. I don't believe we had a fire plug 
in our day. And this all leads up to the fact 
that our twenty-fifth reunion comes in June, 
and I think it would be grand to have a reg- 
ular reunion, with the whole class back — exes 
also. So do plan for it. 

Until then, 

PoLLV Rini.iiR 
1918 
Class Secretary, Elizabeth Lowman Hall 
(Mrs. Asaph B.) 866 Euclid .Avenue, Elmlra, 
New York. 
Dear Class of '18: 

The news for this issue must be "my" news for 
nothing new has been added since last spring. 

This summer we did our usual running 
about the Finger Lakes swimming with our 
relatives and friends at their cottages. A short 
but pleasant trip of a week in New England 
soon after the Fourth finished the business my 
husband ordinarily spends two weeks doing. 

In August we had the delightful experience 
of two weeks vacation on Cape Cod. We loved 
it especially the trip to Nantucket. We arc 
wishing we could stay there next year. 

My one S.B. contact during the summer 
was at Sodus Bay on Ontario. Asaph Hale and 
I went up to spend two days with a friend and 
found, besides our recently acquired friend, 
Gladys Schummers Vonhold, Ruth Hulburd 
and her sister, Bernice. It was a happy sur- 
prise to have a visit with them. Bernice's 
youngest son and mine enjoyed each other, too. 

When the bad weather comes and I no 
longer feel the urge to pull weeds or rake 
leaves (still a country girl) or take my tables 
out in the sun to drink in the oil and turpen- 
tine, I shall no doubt begin to write letters or 
cards to you all. I shall enjoy doing it so 
much more if I find an answer occasionally. 
Even if you are very modest or don't want 
your doings in the Magazine do write me. 
I won't send in anything you say not to. And 
I do like to know if you have had my note! ! ! 

Sincerely, 

Bf.ttv Hall 







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Class Secretary, Caroline Freiburg Marcus 
(Mrs. Herbert T.) Hopewell Road, Mont- 
gomery, Ohio. 
Dear 1920: 

I've waited until the last possible minute to 
write this poor news hungry column for you 
all. Sorry to say that I only approached half 
the class for news, as I thought it would be 
well to take up all in shifts, and so all who 
didn't get a postal card this time, may either 
expect one for the January issue, or be Saints, 
and write me of you. You resent me sending 
a begging letter. Why not sit down right now, 
and write so you can't say later you are too 
busy what with the children's colds, committee 
meetings, lectures, Christmas shopping, and 
after Christmas, exhaustion from above men- 
tioned plus vacations of the minors. All of 
you give me a Christmas surprise of a nice 
long letter with news of yourselves. 

Out of twenty-five cards mailed, I received 
five answers, and I'm not complaining. Beeson 
(Mrs. Francis Comer), Ruthie Hulburd (Mrs. 
John A. S. Brown, Jr.), Dorothy Wallace, 
Ida Massie (Mrs. Braxton Valentine) and 
Mary Virginia Crahbs (Mrs. Noble Shaw) 
were the faithful this time. 

From Dorothy Wallace I received nf>t only 
news of herself, summer trip with her mother 
and father including a stopover at Sweet Briar, 
with visits to the Misses Pattison, Mrs. Dew, 
(I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Dew's pro- 
longed illness, and wish him a speedy re- 
covery) and the Walkers. If these names don't 
make you nostalgic for the old days, and make 
for writing, nothing will. She goes on to say 
that she spent time at Essex Lodge, Tomahawk, 
Wisconsin, and some time at Dune .Acres, a 
wonderful spot in Indiana. Her mother was 
operated for cataract on the left eye, and 
from there she went to meetings at the Uni- 
versities of Wisconsin and Chicago, and on 
the twenty-first of September got back to 
work in Baltimore. Last year she worked at 
the presidency of the Baltimore Sweet Briar 
Club. The nicest bit of news she wrote was 
about Dr. Harley. Mutual friends reported to 
Dorothy that they met her vacationing at 
Cragsmoor. She is still studying anthropol- 
ogy at the Museum of Natural History and 
living at Hotel Lucerne, 201 West Seventy- 
ninth Street, New York City. Her energy and 
ambition is astounding. Thanks, Dorothy, for 
your grand letter. 

Mary Virginia writes that all the Shaws 
are well and "as happy as possible considering 
present world conditions." The Shaws spent 
the summer enjoying the quiet of their twenty 
acres. From Ruthie, I received a letter which 
made me feel our lives are similar. The house, 
she writes, was busy all the summer long 
with the coming and going of her children. 
.And they do keep a place happy and hum- 
ming. Her oldest child has a wonderful job 
as Decorator's assistant at Halle's in Cleve- 
land. She just graduated from Wheaton, the 
next, Mary Ellen is a junior at Hathaway 
Brown. She has taken to golf since last June 
in a big way and loves it. 

Beeson writes of the heat, which thank 
goodness is now over. She comes to Cincin- 



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nati oil shopping tnuis — and doesn't call mr 
— more shame to her. The number Is Syca- 
more 7644, please use It next time! 

Ida Massie writes of their lovely vacation 
on Lake Squam In New Hampshire. Her two 
eldest boys are at Woodberry Forest School at 
Orange, Virginia. Only her youngest, MassJe 
Valentine, is at home. 

From other sources, though, I hear more 
news of you all, but I won't write a smidge 
nf it 'til I hear from you again. Of myself, 
the same things, too. All four children at 
liome this winter, the eldest girl at the Uni- 
versity of Cincinnati, and down the line every 
two or three grades, 'til the ten-year old in 
the sixth grade. 

This letter is purely academic, but if I don't 
get news ahead of time, I can't write It up 
In a literary, glamorous (oh, how I hate that 
word) style. In this case, no news is not good 
news. 

Caroline Freiburg Marcus 

I92I 
20th reunion 
elms Sfcre/ary, Elizabeth Shoop Dixon' 
(Mrs. Rrownrigg) 1029 Maryland Avenue, 
Suffolk, Virginia. 
Uear Helen * 

Your card reminding me of the October 
issue was misplaced, and I just happened to 
run across it. Maybe it Is too late. However, 
I do want the class of '21 to know about the 
short but delightful visit of Russe Blanks Butts 
to Suffolk early in June. She came through 
en route home from Culver Military Summer 
School where she had left her older son. She 
was accompanied by her husband, Lucius, whom 
everyone remembers from Sweet Briar days 
and her younger son, Honsonl. Russe looks 
even better than when we were young and 
full of hope. Brownie said as soon as he saw 
her, "I know you were in the court!" Hon- 
sonl Is a typical young American, very much 
alive and on his toes. We thoroughly enjoyed 
their brief, little visit. 

My sister, Ethel Shoop Godwin, (A), and 
her daughter, Ann, returned from camp via 
Sweet Briar in August. They saw Mrs. Dew 
and had a grand time. 

Being a proud Mother, I would like to tell 
you what happened in Betty's civics class the 
other day. "The only child" was under dis- 
cussion and all eyes focused on Betty. When 
she was telling me about it, I said, "Betty, 
what in the world did you do with so many 
children looking at you?" To which she re- 
plied, **I just gave them that only child grin." 

Pardon haste but I am an air raid warden 
and am expecting a warning. 
Sincerely, 

Elizabeth S. Dixon 

1923 
Chss Secretary, Jane Guignard Thompson 
(Mrs. Broadus) Box 480, Columbia South 
Carolina. 
Dear Classmates: 

In a very modest capacity I am now en- 
gaged in making a hundred thousand brick 
per day. And without straw, too. But I cannot 
make a news bulletin without news. When 



reminder cards are sent out, almost none of 
you ever respond, so perhaps you don't want 
a news letter. Do you? At any rate I am 
unwilling to fill precious space in the mag- 
azine with repeated pleas and reproaches. I 
shall instead write about Sweet Briar. 

If any of you do not realize what Sweet 
Briar means to you . . . and Vm afraid some 
of you don't . . . you should go back and 
spend several years there and then go away 
again. Of course everybody cannot do just 
that, so you will have to take the word of 
one who has done It. Here In South Carolina 
again, I look at Sweet Briar not from the 
remote and misty perspective of remembered 
adolescence, or in confused pictures of occa- 
sional commencement reunions, but as a re- 
cent resident and Inside worker. I am with- 
out sentimental Illusions about it and frankly 
aware of its limitations and its needs. And I 
can tell you that wherever I am I can never 
be without a certain pride in it and a certain 
homesickness for it. And I can tell you why 
this is. It Is because of Its essential values. 

There is the beauty of landscape . . . how 
the pulse quickens and the heart leaps on crisp 
fall mornings when the color in the woods 
makes the near hills rich purple, when the 
yellow corn shocks stand In the red fields, 
rolling magnificently to meet the blue haze 
on the horizon. At every season there is gran- 
deur and gentleness in the setting, stimulus 
and serenity. There Is the beauty of atmos- 
phere; the lingering traditions nf colonial Vir- 
ginia, the long-established customs of the local- 
ity; the presence of the people indelibly asso- 
ciated with the history of the college, the 
Dews and the Walkers and Miss Sparrow. 
There Is the beauty of Integrity. The aca- 
demic and administrative standards have been 
consistently high. There Is the beauty of 
achievement because the college has attained 
a recognized superiority In the educational 
world In a short period and on Inadequate 
endowment. There is the beauty of aspiration 
evidenced In seriousness of purpose and sin- 
cerity of endeavor. 

You who spent some good years of your 
lives at Sweet Briar have been influenced by 
tliese things ; you got from It not merely a 
veneer of education and memories of irre- 
sponsible pleasures, an agreeable and expected 
phase of growing up. It has enriched your 
experience, molded your attitudes, strengthened 
your abilities. Think about It honestly and 
sec if this I's not true. 

And write to your enthusiastic reporter, 

Jane Guignard Thompson 

P. O. Box 480 

Columbia, S. C. 

1925 
Class Sccrt'fary, Laura Graham Hintkr 
(Mrs. Harold F.) 706 River Avenue, Rome, 
Georgia. 
Dear Classmates: 

A late S.O-S. from Helen Mac asking me 
to again take over the alumnae letter sent me 
scurrying to my desk for pen and cards to 
beg news from you. Your response has been 
phenomenal! Many, many, thanks to the girls 
who have furnished the following news. 



Lib Manning (Mrs. Sidney Wade) has been 
living In Bronxville, New York for seven 
years. Two years ago she and her husband 
built a new home there at 11 Library Lane, 
which sounds very wonderful. Betsey, their 
older daughter. Is twelve and in the first 
year of Junior High. Ellen is eight and in 
the third grade. Lib writes, "I have ended 
up a typical stuffy suburbanite, doing all the 
usual things, Parent-Teachers Association, 
Community Welfare Fund, Women's Exchange 
Volunteer and such like. I ride horseback 
some, play a little golf, and get a fair 
amount of bridge in the winter." With her 
husband's instruction, she has turned into a 
sailor, and this summer they sailed to Maine 
and came into Rockland Harbor just ahead 
of the president, on his return from the 
meeting with Churchill. Even If all this is 
stuffy. Lib, I believe I'd stick with It! 

Martha Woodward Van Patten has moved 
from Atlanta with her husband and two 
daughters and Is living at 2510 Monument 
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 

Louise Wade Kelly has a daughter born 
last fall. 

Marion Greene Buckelmueller has two quite 
young daughters. Have you seen Marion's 
interesting articles In American Home? 

Virginia Whitlock Cobb Is in the throes 
of building a new home. Her two sons are 
in Junior High and her daughter will be 
there next year. She writes she has a sister 
]l\ing in Atlanta now, so I'm hoping to see 
her soon. 

Cordelia Kirkendal Buck man's husband has 
had to move away from their lovely country 
home in Yakima, Washington because of an 
allergy to the climate. He is in Oakland, 
California now with their oldest son. He has 
the agency for Colotyle and "Deedie" is very 
pleased over his business prospects. After 
spending the summer in Oakland she is back 
in Yakima with their two younger sons, but 
is expecting to move to Oakland as soon as 
their home is disposed of. Her address in 
O.ikland is 608 Sixteenth Street. At the Junior 
League Convention in Seattle over a year ago 
she was so happy to get a glimpse of Harrell 
James Carrington '24, Evelyn Pretlow Rut- 
ledge '25, and Grace Merrick Twohy '24. She 
writes that time had certainly dealt kindly 
with them. A year ago In June Dcedie and 
her two youngest flew East and after taking 
in the Fair and a visit to her mother she 
visited Susan Hager Rohrer In Lancaster. 
She says, "She has a delightful family of 3 
sons and a perfect little girl." 

Kitty New by McGce lives in Spartanburg. 
She has two daughters. Marguerite, ten is 
quite a musician and Elizabeth, eleven, is very 
interested in dramatics and radio work. Mother 
and daughters like horseback riding and re- 
cently Marguerite won a ribbon at a Spartan- 
burg horse show. Kitty and her husband have 
recently built a lovely summer home In the 
mountains on Lake Summit near Hcnderson- 
villc, North Carolina. They spent the four 
hot months there and go for weekends In the 
fall. Maylen '24, Kitty's sister, and her three 
sons, who live in Coral Gables, Florida, spent 
the summer with her there and just last week- 



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end Mildred Balrd White '24 and her husband 
were there. Last winter while visiting Maylen 
in Coral Gables, she and her husband flew 
over to Cuba for a visit. On their return she 
phoned Adelaide Harris Holmes in Jackson- 
ville. She told Kitty that lone McKenzIe 
Walker, Eugenia Coodall Ivey and Harrel 
James Carrington had just taken the same trip 
and called her on their way back in Jackson- 
ville. Last winter at a dance In Charlotte she 
saw Virginia Whitlock Cobb whom she writes 
was just as young looking and attractive as 
ever." Kitty and her husband are planning 
to come to Athens and Atlanta for some games 
this fall. I am looking forward to seeing her 
again. 

I wish all of you might read a letter I had 
last spring from Boza Adamova (Mrs. Auguste 
Menguy). She was a special from 1923-24 
from Czecho-Slovakla. She went back home and 
married, later moving to New York, where 
she lived until several years ago. Her husband 
was offered such a splendid position in French 
Indo-Chlna, that they felt they could not re- 
fuse. Her husband being French, was inducted 
Into the army. She has two sons whose future 
naturally she is worried over. She asked to he 
remembered to all the Sweet Briar girls who 
were so kind to her. 

My two sons and I spent the summer with 
my mother and father at their summer cabin 
in Antonio. Harold came up for our last two 
weeks. I was glad to see old friends again and 
the boys and I loved swimming, canoeing and 
sailing. I 

Write me, all of you. Let's really "keep up" 
or "catch up" on our whole class. 
Very devotedly, 

"Pop" Graham Hunter 

1926 
Class Secretary, Virginia Lee Tinker (Mrs. 
George F.) 304 North Mountain Avenue 
Upper Montclair, New Jersey. 
Dear '26; 

Our fifteenth reunion news comes from 
Betty Moore Rusk who wrote me a long letter 
concerning same. I had planned to drive down 
with Betty and Peg Krider but a tonsil oper- 
ation on my daughter Joan prevented my 
joining the ranks of the "Old Faithfuls". 
Wanda, Dot Ham, Dot Keller, Jeannette, 
Estelle, Mary Bristol and Kay Norrls (who, 
incidentally, flew down on a Sunday) made up 
a team of nine which wasn't too good a show- 
ing for '26, but if we say " 'Taln't the quantity, 
it's the quality", we have naught and none 
\\ Ith whicli and with whom to find fault. 
Somewhat involved, but you get my meaning. 

Well, to go on, there was the usual Saturday 
night banquet, Sunday song practice, Step Sing- 
ing, Vespers, Class Picnic and Lantern Night. 
Monday morning saw our gang having break- 
fast with Miss Glass at Sweet Briar House. 
Later, luncheon in the Gardens where the gals 
literally partook of juicy morsels as a thunder- 
storm completely laid the dust and all and 
sundry were soaked and besmudged. A bee-line 
for Fletcher and the Alumnae Meeting fol- 
lowed and that night there was a wonderful 
concert by LucIIe Barrow Turner, a most 
gifted alumna, tJic proceeds of wlilch went to 



the Urivc. 1 forgot to mention that Kitty 
Blount was elected Class Fund Chairman and I 
was elected to the Class Secretary job. Kitty, 
by the way, Is now Mrs. Fred Andersen and 
Is living In Bay port, Minnesota. Kay Norrls 
and husband StlUman flew down for Kitty's 
wedding and Wanda and Gert Prior joined 
them to give her the good old S. B. send-off. 

Lois Peterson had dinner with the Tinkers 
a couple of weeks ago, you may have heard 
she was married in Boston, Massachusetts, 
September 27th to Mr. Howard W. Wilson. 

We all send deepest sympathy to Peggy 
Denman Wilson, whose father passed away 
this summer. 

Bear in mind that the next issue of the 
Alumn'ae News comes out in February so pick 
up your pens and send in your news. 
Affectionately, 

"JiN'xv Lee" 

1927 
Class Secretary, Elsetta Gilchrist, 4500 
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 

At the back of your calendars Is a page 
marked Memoranda. Lest you forget our date 
at Sweet Briar next June sixth thru Com- 
mencement on the ninth so make a large nota- 
tion so that nothing will Interfere with a glor- 
ious Fifteenth Reunion at S. B. C. Of course 
eleven of us are already making plans after 
our solemn promise in June, 1937 as our 
Tenth Reunion came to a close. You can 
expect to find Kitty Wilson Garnett, Lilly 
Lovett, Lib Wood McMullen, Connie Van 
Ness, Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels, Nar Warren, 
Shortie Poland, E. Morley Fink, Dan Boone, 
M. Brown Wood and me, amongst the box- 
wood trees. And to protect your reputations 
the rest of you should put in an early appear- 
ance. It Is so grand to see each other again 
and catch up on back news. We do have a new 
daughter to report in this issue, Margaret Ann 
Fink, born on the first of July. This Is E's 
fourth child and she is even now preparing 
the family for her absence next June. Connie 
Van Ness is still In New York enjoying work 
in an architects office, and the thrills of a new 
apartment. She was at Martha's Vineyard for 
her vacation. 

Lilly Lovett is spending her free time and 
vacations flying. We will have to prepare the 
fields here abouts In case she needs them for 
a forced landing next June. Don't forget we 
are counting on each and everyone of you to 
start drifting in around noon of Saturday June 
sixth, nineteen hundred and forty-two. 

Bebe 
1928 
Class Secretary, VIRGINIA Van Winkle Mor- 
lidge, Jr. (Mrs. John B.) 107 RIdgewood 
Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana. 
Dear '28: 

The other day I received a letter from Rip 
which read, "This Is an S.O.S. I wonder if 
you'd 'Guest star' for me for the October 
issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae News." 
Now Isn't she the diplomat! Calling pinch 
hitting, guest starring! 

I'll do my best, Rip, but I do wish the 
S.O.S. had been just one year ago. At that 



time I w;is just full nf news as I had recently 
returned from a trip which Included visits 
both to Page Bird Woods in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia where she is now living, and Sarah 
Everett Lee. It was grand seeing them again 
and a real treat to get a first hand peep at 
their five boys. 

Last March El Branch Cornell and I had 
a long talking session, in New York. El is as 
much fun as ever. However, that famous 
giggle is only a small part of her present busy 
life which includes two darling children, tak- 
ing an active part in scenery designing for 
the Montclair Junior League's theatrical pro- 
ductions — to mention a few of her activities. 

Rip, poor gal, is just coming out of a siege 
of whooping cough which inconveniently ap- 
peared in the family during the Morlidges' 
summer trip to Ocean City, Maryland. 

This summer Harold, Billy, our four-year- 
old, and I spent a couple of months in Con- 
necticut. I was surprised to find myself in- 
fected with the hands-in-the-dirt fever. Billy 
caught it too and had the fun of planting and 
harvesting his first crop, radishes of course. 
to the limited agricultural experience of a 
City Apartment reared child this was an event 
of major importance, I can assure you. 

Billy and I also enjoyed our other flight 
from the skyscrapers which took the form of a 
month in Florida this spring. 

And by now I'm sure you all have heard 
enough from the "guest star". Wish I had 
more news of more of you. 

Anne Beth Price Clark 

1929 
Class Secretary, Sara Callison Jamison (Mrs. 
John R.) 616 RIdgewood Drive, West Lafay- 
ette, Indiana. 

Dear '29: 

Sally Callison always could make anybody 
do anything. When I received a letter from 
her asking me to write this letter, she didn't 
give me time to write her that I could not do 
it. 

There are ways and ways! 

Mrs. Jamison wTote the following news in 
her letter and I pass it on to you. "Jo Tatman 
Mason has a son born in June, Edwin Tat- 
man Mason, in Des Moines, Iowa. As usual 
Jo spent the summer In Eastern Connecticut 
with her husband's family. She stopped off to 
see me In the dead of the night with the new 
baby, and I had a great thrill seeing them. 

Meredith Smythe and family spent the sum- 
mer at Lake Michigan as did Polly Serodino 
and family. 

This summer I visited Belle B. Hutchlns In 
Winnetka. While on the beach one day we 
saw Betty McCrady Bard well, who Is now 
living near Belle. We went to call on her and 
and saw her three darling children. Betty 
doesn't look a day older. Several evenings 
later we had dinner with "Squeak" Ross and 
Lib Joy Porter. "Squeak" has a most attractive 
new home In Highland Park. 

Adelaide Richardson has decided to join 
the army. Her engagement has been an- 
nounced to Lt. Fredrick Whiten ton Hanger, 
of Dallas, Texas." 



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Sarah Dodgen MacGuire spent Labor Day 
weekend with me and we spent the time talk- 
ing over all that has happened since I last saw 
her. Sarah is back in Spartanburg with her two 
precious children, Billy and Sally, since the 
death of her husband, Father and Mother. 
Our deepest sympathy to yuu, Sarah, In your 
loss. 

"Liz" Ferguson Trent with her husband ate 
stationed at West Point where he is an in- 
structor in the officers' school. 

Sims Massie Rand and her army officer hus- 
band are in Hawaii. I know she is enjoying 
their length of service there. 

June Tillman McKenzIe has moved to 
Charleston, South Carolina \\ here her address 
Is 71 Le Gare Street. 

While I was at the beach this summer with 
all my gentlemen, Mary Shelton Clarke and 
her boy came through Augusta on their way 
to the beach, and I am so sorry not to have 
been here to see them both. Hope I have better 
luck next time. 

I have heard of no engagements or mar- 
riages or new arrivals, so if you have, let Sally 
know before time for the next letter. 

With Thomas, age seven, North, age 3 V^, 
and Roy, age 1, we'll have to look to Sweet 
Briar to get me a daughter. Who has some 
girls who will qualify? 

Yours in '29, 

ISAHELLE North Goodwin 

1930 
Class Secre/ary, Mary MacDoxald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.) 1503 Duncan Ave., Chatta- 
nooga, Tenn. 

If I hadn't made a thrilling excursion to 
New York in August there are several bits of 
information you all might have missed. But 
you would be surprised at the things that go 
on In New York in August. For instance, 
Lindsay and I renewed our Beautiful Friend- 
ship, after ten years, on the maternity floor 
of Harkness Pavilion. Robert Woodroofe, 
HI, had come to New York to live just a few 
days before I arrived, so Bob and two little 
Woodroofes and I (the third little Woodroofe 
slept thru my visit) went to view the fourth 
little Woodroofe. We found him well worth 
the trip, weighing some preposterous amount 
and very handsome. Then we went to see 
Lindsay. La Belle Prentis, Toast of the Twen- 
ties, was her usual glamorous self, surrounded 
by flowers and the bedside telephone ringing 
constantly. We had a delightful talk, but 
as Lindsay's conversation hasn't changed anj' 
and mine hasn't either, we w ill not go any 
further Into that. I noticed that Bob took his 
daughters for a walk up and down the hall 
while we talked, so that may give you some 
idea of the tenor of the conversation. I would 
like to say right here that Lindsay's children 
are as cute as any I've ever seen, and we all 
became great friends. I had other contacts 
with the Woodroofes while I was there, but 
to save Lindsay's face, I shall draw the veil 
over them. 

Also seen in New York was Julia Wilson 
Killebrew '29 who has the most Impressive 
job of anybody I know. I'm not sure just what 
it is but she has a private office and has to cull 



Was that news item you sent In for 
this Issue omitted? Be patient. It will 
be In the next one. Sweet Briar alum- 
nae are an active group and contribu- 
tions to class notes are sometimes over- 
whelming. But be assured tliat items 
cut from one issue are held over for 
the fnllowing one. This is the last 
Issue which can carry address changes. 
We average 1200 changes a year — this 
year will see many more due to the 
army and navy. Just write to the 
alumnae office if you wish to know the 
whereabouts of your alumnae friends. 
Above all keep the alumnae office in- 
formed of your own address. 



all the newspapers and magazines. What she 
does with her culling I have never found out, 
but knowing Julia I should s.iy she does 
plenty. 

The rest of this Is called the Strange Case 
of Mrs. Raymond. She and I had breakfast 
together one morning in the Junior League 
dining room at the Waldorf, and after a long 
and arduous gossip session, we bade each other 
goodbye. I tried tc get her to go to Forest 
Hills with me to see the tennis, but she said 
no, she was going to see Ethel Barrymore and 
then leave New York. With me, brawn tri- 
umphed over brain and I went to Forest Hills, 
which turned out to be the only place that I 
didn't see Mrs. Raymond after our emphatic 
parting. When she turned up on the train 
going home, I knew the Gestapo %\as after me. 
As a shadow Mrs. Raymond is unsurpassed, 
and don't you believe her when she tells you 
goodbye, she's leaving now. It was grand see- 
ing her and hearing about her grandchild and 
telling her about my child and, if I hadn't 
thought I was the Indispensable Woman at 
the Bundles for Britain, I would have gotten 
off the train with her at Sweet Briar. 

Let Gladys Wester regret to the end of 
her days that she wasn't at home when I 
called. Or maybe she had some Idea as to 
who was on the other end of the telephone, 
and just let It ring. 

Martha Lee Poston has written and better 
still, had published a book, called Ching-LI, 
this fall. The greatest compliment I can pay 
her is to say that It Is killing me to \\ rite 
this, and as far as I am concerned, she is now 
my most envied friend. Truly, we should point 
with pride to Martha. 

Lucy Fishburne Davis has a son born May 
11, 19+1. When we get his name we'll let 
you know. 

If anybody has the July 24, 1939 issue of 
Life and doesn't know what to do with it, 
send it to me, please. I need It to complete my 
war library. Mac 

1931 
Class, Se'cre/ary, Martha von Brif.skn, 4436 
Nnrth Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Dear '31: 

OtT to another Fi\e-^'ear Plan, unless I get 
booted out or just give up the ghost in the 
meantime. I don't think 1 told you the Awful 



Truth in June, that the '31 reuners gently 
dropped this job onto my Remington again. 
That's what you get for not coming back 
yourselves ! 

Whitford Scofield Bond, Oulnnle's second 
son, arrived on July 16 and six days later his 
proud mama was able to write me at length 
and In glowing terms about his perfection. 

Nat sent me news ... at long last . . . 
about Llebe McRae Goddard, who is (or was 
in June) In New York with her small son, 
staying with her husband's parents. David, 
born last September, and his mother were 
strongly urged to leave Shanghai in November 
and they returned to the States on the Was/i- 
ingion. Liebe's husband remained In Shanghai 
as head of the English department of the 
Middle School of the University of Shanghai. 
From January to June of the year before both 
of them studied Mandarin (the official language 
of China) at the language school in Peking, 
which they found very Interesting. 

Did you all know that Marge Webb Gilbert 
was married again, last December 26 to Dr. 
Lawrence Maryanov, who lived In her home 
town. Right after the first of the year thev 
moved to Old Point Comfort, because he was 
In service at Fortress Monroe. Marge, living 
In a hotel, had no domestic duties, so she spent 
much time doing Red Cross work. Too bad 
you didn't get to Reunion, Marge. 

From the wind-swept plains of Texas came 
news of Gill Hilton Stroberg. Her husband 
went into business In Abilene in April, and 
they are enjoying small town life after the 
confusion and hustle of Chicago and already 
(ull has met many people she likes. 

Peg Fry Williams and her family have 
moved once more, after thinking for a year 
that Milwaukee was to be their permanent 
abode. I'm ashamed to say that I don't even 
know where they moved to, but I have an idea 
it Is Detroit. Peg, if you chance to read this, 
do let me know where you are; I'm truly 
sorry I didn't get to see you before you left. 

Once more, Marthy Mac came to the rescue, 
w ith a newsy letter and some wonderful pic- 
tures of Westcott in her bridal array. ( I. ) 
Mary Frances and husband cutting the cake 
In traditional fashion, and (2.) a gay nineties 
pose of the newly weds, arcompanied by an 
account of what each of the beautiful feminine 
guests wore for the garden ceremony, w hich 
took place at Westcott's brother's home In 
Dalton, Georgia. 

Martha and Stuartle visited Martha Tillery 
Thomas for two days In Raleigh after they 
left Sweet Briar and a grand time was had by 
all. They say that Martha Is as full of fun 
as ever, has two sweet children and a grand 
husband. The Shipmans had a cottage on a 
lake In Indiana for three weeks during the 
summer. On one of her trips into Cincinnati, 
Martha had lunch with Polly Woodward Hill, 
busy with her two daughters and full of plans 
for them. Martha also caught glimpses of Jane 
.ind Marg. 

.Aggie Cleveland Sandlfer was planning to 
spend some time at the seashore and was also 
going to visit Martha Thomas . . . after a 
lapse of 10 years, the gals all seem to be 
getting together again. 



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And that is all I know, and all ye need tn 
know now . . . except that I must tell you 
how bitterly disappointed I am in the numbi-i 
of you who, at the time of the July report, had 
not contributed to the building and endowment 
campaign. You can't ignore the serious con- 
sequences which the results of that drive may 
have on Sweet Briar! Surely there can't be 
many among you who can't afford to make 
some contribution; you can't really afford not 
to! I'm hoping against hope that lots of you 
will see the light before it's too late. 

Good night until next time. 

Martha 
1933 
Class Secretary, Frances H. Atkinson, 177 
State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Mary Spalding Osterman writes from Rich- 
mond: " My 'doings', both recent and less- 
recent have mostly been raising a family. 
Harold and I have a little boy three years old 
and a daughter of four months. We're just 
back from our summer cottage on the York 
River near West Point, Virginia, where they 
absorbed lots of fresh air and sunshine. At 
the opening of the West Point Country Club 
Labor Day week-end, I saw *Inkie' (Inga- 
Maja) Olsson. Kitty Waters Welty, who also 
went to Sweet Briar for the first year, lives 
in Richmond now. I see her quite often. She 
has a precious little girl who is almost two 
years old. 

"Frances Phillips La Motte lives in Hagers- 
town, Maryland, now. I saw her last winter. 
Louise Woodward Hurtt and husband have a 
son, Charlie, Jr., who is about sixteen months 
old. They have built a house in Laurel, Mary- 
land th*s past spring. 

"Harold and I had a delightful week-end 
in Orangeburg, South Carolina the spring of 
'40. and visited Carol Slater SIfly, who has 
a daughter Suzanne, a year and a half old. 
While in Orangeburg, we went over near 
Columbia and spent Sunday with Henrietta 
Melton Durham. She and Ross have a sun> 
mer cottage on a lake near Columbia." Thanks 
so much for your "newsy" letter, Mary. 

From Norfolk, Vesey writes: "Think I'll 
wait until my little brother, who is a first 
lieutenant stationed at Fort Meade, gets back 
from maneuvers in Louisiana before I take 
the other week of my vacation. I am real 
anxious to see the new National Gallery there, 
among other things. Hear Mary B. Lankford 
is working up there now, but don't know for 
which branch of the government. Here In 
Norfolk, we are in the midst of lots of defense 
activity too, and it Is awfully interesting, 
especially to see the battleships and destroyers, 
both American and British, go in and out of 
the Navy Yard, which can be seen from our 
office. 

"Wondered If you'd heard about Betty 
Apperson Taylor's marriage to Joseph Lin- 
wood Antrim which took place on October 
11, at 4 o'clock at the Centenary Methodist 
Church with a small reception following at 
the Country Club. Betty Selden Stainbrook a 
bridesmaid. Further Information of Betty Sel- 
den S. is that she is executive secretary of the 
Durham County Tuberculosis and Health As- 
sociation. Nice going, Betty. 



MAGAZINES ! 
We are grateful to the many alumnae 
who sent their magazine subscription 
(both new orders and renewals) to the 
Alumnae office. We take all subscrip- 
tions ! May we have your order? 



Our "Early Bird" Lib Gray writes that she 
has been laid up with the grippe and that her 
sister, Ellen Douglas, the youngest. Is off to 
the Briar Patch for her first year. Lib antici- 
pates pleasant frequent visits to Sweet Briar, 
to look for her if you are down that way. 

Kitty Gochnauer Slater writes that her ad- 
dress is West View, Upperville, Virginia. 
"We spent our vacation this summer at Vir- 
ginia Beach \\ here I ran into Nor veil Royer 
Orgain '30, and we had quite a gumming 
session." 

Fran Powell Zoppa writes from Richmond 
that she and her husband moved Into a new 
house this summer and that her time is full 
with home-making, as one might Imagine It 
vi ould be, church, club, and Red Cross work. 
Fran did a lot of Alumnae work last year and 
she expects again this fall to carry on. 

Was really quite pleased to hear from Clara 
West Stark. "My husband is with the Farm 
Security Administration and travels over the 
district surrounding Amelia. We found a place 
to live right In Amelia, Vlrglna last May. 
Amherst also comes in his territory — one of 
these days I'm going to bum a ride and visit 
Sweet Briar. We have two children in school 
this year. Tom, III, entered the 4th grade 
and Nancy the 1st grade. Betty West Is only 
three and a half, but it broke her heart that 
she couldn't go to school, too. My sister, Bett 
West Morton, '32, has moved to Chevy Chase, 
Maryland. They have three girls, Barbara, 
Bruce and Ann Carter. Barbara started to 
school this fall. 

"I saw Virginia Vesey in Norfolk last 
June. She is as slim as a rail!" Vesey, Vesey, 
why don't you tell us these things? 

No news whatsoever from the Chattanooga 
contingent. Except that by the time this news 
is published, Sally Houston Baker, from Look- 
out Mountain, may have some very exciting 
news to tell. Wonder If any of you can supple- 
ment the meagre information which I have? 

From Charlottesville, Peggy Way land Tay- 
lor writes at great length, and the high spots 
of her most informative epistle are as follows: 
"We enjoy our little house which is near the 
University Gym 'off Lewis Mountain Road.' 
We have lived here a little more than three 
years now, and the location Is fine for the 
children — a large yard, lots of fresh air and 
playmates. My good Intentions to write you 
are always put off by the busy antics of Bobby, 
Jr., or the baby routine of George Wayland. 
Both boys keep me on the run. News seems 
purely domestic (altho' I could write pages 
on children.) It would be fun to have a "Cen- 
sus of 1933" and publish In parts, the number 
of children, names, etc., or perhaps a Who's 
Who." Good Idea, Peggy. Wonder what you 
other Briarltes think of the idea? Yesterday, 
after the first home football game, we went 



to Ora Davis Flshburn's, ex-'35, for a little 
get-together in their new home at Meadow 
Brook Hills. Dot Smith Berkley, '32 was 
there, too. Blanche Davles Barloon, and her 
attractive professor husband stopped by here 
In August. We had a delightful time with 
them! They drove from here to Sweet Briar, 
where Miss Glass gave them a hearty 
\velcome." 

Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts, writes from Pel- 
ham Manor, New York: "Have two boys, one 
four in November, and the other two. A hus- 
band producing Vox Pop radio program on 
Monday night, leaving me a week-end widow. 
Get in a little traveling now and then — have 
been knitting a lot. Am now copying that 
knitted coat in Harper's Bazaar. Have played 
some bad tennis, and hope to get my bowling 
average up this winter. Doing some stuff in 
the local woman's club. Otherwise am my 
usual indolent self." 

Connie Murray Weller from her Princeton 
home says: "Life Is busy these days, although 
I am afraid that the doings can be of little 
Interest to anyone from Princeton as things 
seem to settle mainly in our own little office. 
John and I are carrying on a business which 
consists of selling Insurance and real estate, 
In addition to his various occupations of 
coaching football at Princeton and making 
anti-tank guns In Elizabeth, New Jersey, for 
England. We see Betsy Hun McAllen, ex-'34 
pretty frequently, and we had two surprise 
visitors several weeks ago in the persons of 
Jane Martin and Mason Daniels Bartlett, ex- 
'34. There Is a chance, apparently, that Jane 
might be located in Princeton, and it would 
be good to have her so close. Mason and her 
liusband are living In New York, and we may 
be able to persuade them to move here too. 
Outside of these small Items, I can think of 
nothing more to tell you except that we have 
gone back on Doctor Harley's predictions for 
the prolific Sweet Briar graduates. 

"One more little item Is that strangely 
enough. Mason bumped Into a number of 
friends in New York, the last two being 
Susalee Belser Reld, and Hortense Hostetter." 

Helen Martin dropped me one of those 
"Having-a-fine-time-wish-you-were-here" post 
cards from Ocean City, New Jersey, where 
she Is spending some of her well-earned vaca- 
tion. Helen says that Jane was down for a 
while, too. Their brother, Al, received his 
Ph.D. from Iowa State this past June, and a 
goodly percentage of the Martin family was 
there. Jane stayed for the summer session 
there at Ames, Iowa, and from reports, she has 
a teaching position over on the "Main Line" 
outside of Philadelphia. Remember Kitty 
Foyle's Main Line the same section where 
Graeme and Sara Lorimer, and other equally 
famous folk live. 

While we're In the vicinity of Philly, Jean 
Van Home Baber reports : "When it comes 
to news about me, there just isn't any. Phila- 
delphia summers are like many others — heat, 
tliundershowers, soft pavements, sunburn, air- 
condition and no air-condition, preserving, 
eating peaches and corn-on-the-cob. We've just 
returned from a week at Colorado Springs, 
where the temperature was in the thirties for 
the first few days." 



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I am as pleased as Punch to hear from 
Dottye Hedges Gushing who writes: "After 
five years of living in New York City, we 
moved just a week ago to New Jersey. Now 
living at 94 Old Short Hills Road, Millburn, 
New Jersey. We love it here and have been 
busy getting resettled. Our little daughter, 
Cheryl, Is now two years and four months old, 
and considers herself quite the young lady. 1 
used to see a lot of Janet McGregor Curtin 
and her very young son, Timmy, in New York. 
I hear from Dottie Eaton, Johnson, whose 
son, Tony and our Cheryl are almost the same 
age." 

Emily Denton Tunis from Springfield, 
Massachusetts tells us: "Eddie and I spent our 
vacation in Milwaukee visiting Tess Lamfrom 
Beck, ex-'34. She and her husband have just 
built a lovely new house and have two darling 
children. We had one elegant time, and I 
especially loved it as Tess was my roommate 
my Junior year. We stopped, going and com- 
ing, at Mary Kate (Patton) and Bing's in 
Albany. Our daughter, Leila, is a darling, 
but certainly full of it. She's nearly two and 
a half and never stops talking." 

"I still get a yen now and then to get back 
to Cambridge. We generally do go back 
though, for the Harvard-Army game, and I 
hope we'll make It again this year- You've 
probably heard that Warwick Rust Brown has 
a second baby, a boy, born this summer." 

Annabel Essary Ansell from Washington, 
D. C., and her fine husband have just been 
to the Briar Patch to "deposit" her sister, 
Elene. "She Is starting her freshman year 
there, and I was so happy to see the school 
again that I wished I were back. Everything 
looked so spruce and attractive. Of course, 
all the girls treated me with the respect due 
an older woman, but it didn't spoil my feel- 
ing of renewed youth. I have a bambino aged a 
year and a half, and full of mischief. At the 
moment, she has three young friends visiting 
her, and they are playing a running and stomp- 
ing game all through the house, which makes 
me long for my spinster days. Summers, I 
spend at the seashore, and winters, knitting, 
putting on and taking off leggins and a bit of 
Junior League Social Service work. 1 have a 
very charming husband, a nice house and I 
really couldn't ask for more." 

Ted Clary Wheeler writes: "I'm still work- 
ing as secretary to the Chief of Service Proj- 
ects of the National Youth Administration, 
and love it. I plan on working another four 
weeks and rather dread the idea of stopping. 
However, we have our own home — been in it 
a year and a half, and still think it the "cutest 
place in seven states". 

Margaret Ellen Bell's new name is Mrs. J. 
Stanley Hare, and has been thus since last 
November 21. "We built our own house right 
on Long Island Sound, 658 Shore Acres Drive, 
Mamaroneck, New York, and needless to say, 
we think It is perfect. We step right into the 
water from our back yard. If you are driving 
down to New York just turn left off Post 
Road at Mamaroneck, and you're bound to 
find us. I am wild about living up here and 
have seen so many people I used to know. Ma 
Jordan came to see us one night. Used to see 



"Flappy" Pancake '32 a lot until she went 
back to Staunton." Flappy had been in the 
Personnel Office of B. Altman In New York 
for some time and had an apartment near 
East River. 

News from Mary Buick will have to suffice 
for Babs, Gerry, Hetty, Enna, Marge and a 
jillion others. "I managed to drive down to 
Cleveland last June for Babs' wedding and 
was so glad I had, as it was a lovely wedding, 
and Babs made a very pretty bride. Gerry, 
Hetty, and Enna were in the wedding party 
and we all stayed at Sue and Anne Brooke's 
home. Among the S.B. gals besides the Brookes 
were Eleanor KUby Weber, and her husband, 
and Helen Nightingale Gleason and her hus- 
band. Hetty and Gerry drove home with me 
after the wedding for an all-too-brlef visit. 
(Mary's home Is In Birmingham, Michigan, 
near Detroit.) 

Mary spent her vacation up in the Muskoka 
district. In Canada, and had a swell time. 
From Marge Burford Crenshaw, she learned 
that her husband has been made an Associate 
Professor at W. & L." 

Gotten Skinner is in New York City at The 
Barbizon, where she Is living and working 
with Nancy Sasser of Washington, D. C, who 
thought of a brand new idea In advertising — 
a syndicated column for national advertisers, 
"which made its debut In 32 newspapers all 
over the country on September 7. Maybe you 
read about It in the Press sections of Time 
and Newszveek (September 8th Issues.)" This 
is called Buy-Lines, and It comes through the 
Newspaper Features Group. "The column 
crashed the New York Times, which is quite 
startling, really! It appears every Sunday. We 
hope it will grow bigger soon, and I think it 
will." Gotten has been In New York for only 
six months, she says. 

Langhorne Watts Austen is only a "good 
whoop and a holler" from Boston, in the 
lovely residential section of Chestnut Hill, but 
of her activities I can tell you little. 

Madeline Hawes spent her vacation on a 
genuine Dude Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming, and 
had a gay time taking it easy. She declares 
that five pounds avoir-du-pols are the conse- 
quence, but you would never know It. 

As luck would have it, Ruth Davies Young 
was In Upper Montclair, visiting her Mother 
after "two hot months in Evanston, Illinois" 
\\ here she and her husband have moved. "We 
love the middle west and have had a grand 
summer there. I hate to see the winter fast 
approaching, for Bob is traveling a good part 
of the time, and from now on, I'll be more 
or less hibernating until spring. He's off on a 
long trip now, so I came east a week ago, 
with two weeks more ahead, for a visit. I 
shall await, impatiently, the Fall Issue and 
shall be glad to read all '33's doings. 

Announcement; "Mr. and Mrs. John McKay 
announce the marriage of their daughter, Mig- 
non McKay Guymon to Mr. Marlin Clifford 
Ludwig ijn Monday, the eighth of September, 
New Orleans, Louisiana." Mignon lived in 
Reld our Freshman year, you will remember, 
and I think, roomed with Margie Morse Em- 
ling of Scarsdale, New York. 



Kathleen Conover Snow — another SCOOP 
— had a son, Herbert Conover, on August 15. 
Congratulations. "Since I've last given an 
account of myself, my time has been mainly 
occupied with the care of our little girl, Carol 
Anne, who was four in May, and with the 
building and furnishing of our Georgian 
Colonial home." 

Ella Jesse Latham has a daughter, Martha 
Pendleton Latham, born May 11. Wonder If 
little Martha Pendleton has her mother's 
glorious auburn hair. 

That's about all this time. There are many, 
many others of you from whom I've heard 
nothing, but I am hoping for a lot of news 
for our next report, shortly after Christmas. 
A pleasant Fall to you all. 

Pat Atkinson; 
1935 
Class Secretary y Helen B. Wolcott, 19 West 
Kirke Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 
Dear Gals: 

Greetings ! And blessings on you for all 
the choice news Items you sent In. Wedding 
bells continue to ring, more prospective Brlar- 
ites appear on the scene, new addresses roll 
in and everyone had a pleasant summer. 

GInny Gott became Mrs. Paul Gilbert on 
August 23 and is living at 2604 Twentieth 
Street, Lubbock, Texas. Mary Marks attended 
the wedding and said that GInny was a pic- 
ture of happiness and loveliness. 

Lavalette Dillon Is now Mrs. Frederick 
Ernst Wintzer, 504 Fairview Terrace, Edge- 
\\ood, Charleston, West Virginia. 

Anita Cherry, ex-'35. Is Mrs. Albert G. 
Fath, Jr., 218 East Main Street, Xenla, Ohio. 

Roberta Cope was married to Mr. Clinton 
A. Gerlach on September 6. After a marvel- 
lous trip to Quebec and the Gaspe Peninsula, 
returning through New Brunswick and along 
the Maine coast, they are settled at 60 Chest- 
nut Street, Apartment 9, West Newton, Mass- 
achusetts. Sue Strassburger Anderson has a 
daughter, Veronica, born August 8. Reports 
are — and not from the parents — that she Is a 
very lovely baby. A grand letter from Dot 
Barry Ketcham brings up-to-date on her doings. 
The Ketchams have moved into their new 
home, which they built this Spring, at 530 
Seminole Street, Oradell, New Jersey. Dot has 
a daughter, Janet, who will be one year old 
the 22nd of November. Janet Is now walking 
with the result that mama never has a dull 
moment and no time to think of the days when 
she was a career woman. 

Mary James Howe when last heard from, 
was in the throes of getting ready to move her 
family to Washington "for the duration". Her 
husband has received an appointment in the 
O. p. M., and they are planning to live in 
Fairfax, Virginia. One of the many nice things 
about living in Washington — everyone seems 
to come here sooner or later. Hope I see 
you, Jessie. This summer she took her two 
children, Tom and Mary Francis, to Wrights- 
ville Beach, North Carolina for a month. 

Janet Miller Kimball had an operation the 
early part of the summer and spent the rest 
of the time recuperating. That's no way to 
do, Johnny. Hope you are feeling fit as a 
fiddle again. 



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Dot Barnum Venter always crashes through 
with a good bit of news. She had a week-end 
visit at the shore this summer from Emily 
\Iarsh, '3+, who is doing medical social ser- 
vice work with children In Boston. Betty Myers 
Fiarding and husband also spent a few days 
with the Venters. Betty has a house in the 
suburbs of Boston and has turned quite domes- 
tic, making curtains, preserving and canning, 
gardening, etc. Dot was in her sister*s wedding 
as was Mary Lou, Dot's two and one half 
year old daughter. 

Marguerite Duval McGinnls has moved to 
2418 Shenandoah Drive, Durham, North Car- 
olina. Young Frank, III, two and one half, 
shows their new home to one and all with a 
proprietary air. 

Jerry Johnston Clute spent the summer at 
home with her four and a half month daugh- 
ter to care for as her main attraction. She is 
planning a trip to New York this fall. 

LIda Volgt Young tripped to Washington 
and Richmond and en route reported seeing 
Miss Long Dr. Connor, Cordelia Penn Can- 
non, '3+, Virginia Hall Lindley, '32, Margaret 
Williams Brooks, ex-'35, Banks McPherson 
Harper, Jackie Strickland Dwelle, Judy Halll- 
Burton Burnett and Agnes Williams Ellis. She 
said everyone was looking line. 

Judy is nicely settled in her new house at 
1907 Madison Avenue, Greensboro, North 
Carolina. She writes that Loraine McLaughlin, 
ex-*35, Is Mrs. H. McC. Snyder, Jr., and is 
living at Fort Meade, Maryland where her 
husband is stationed. 

Claudia DeWolf is one of 35 graduate 
students in this country whose names have 
been submitted to seven American Republics 
as exchange students. Her name was received 
by the University of Caracas in Venezuela. 
Did you know that Claudia received her Ph.D. 
In Spanish at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 
and has been teaching Latin and French at 
St. Andrew's School, Barrington r 

Mary Marks moved to New York took an 
apartment with a friend and prepared to settle 
down to a career in the cityj but latest word 
has It she's back at Sweet Briar planning 
"come-ons" so the Fund will burst w^ith suc- 
cess this year. We only need one hint, Mary ! 

Betty Myers Harding Is spending a week 
at Mohonk Lake, New York, after visiting 
her twin sister on the cape. Betty says that she 
has seen quite a bit of Helen Rae Wainwright, 
'36, who has been visiting in Boston, and re- 
ported a lovely visit with Dot Barnum Venter. 
Betty has hit upon a novel plan for raising 
her pledge for Sweet Briar — making and sell- 
ing dirndl aprons. And she is having lu 
scamper to keep production ahead of the de- 
mand. 

Gen Grossman Stevens and daughter, Leslie, 
flew to New York for a four weeks' vacation. 
Her husband joined her there and they did 
themselves proud sight-seeing in the home 
town. 

The following news items came from Gen: 
She saw Cynthia Harbison Heye and her 
daughter, Leslie, who Gen says is a darling. 
Cynthia has moved to 19 River Park, White 
Plains, New York. She had a picture of Dot 
Barnum Venter's beautiful little Mary Lou. 
Cynthia had seen Jean Besselleve Boley and 



her husband, who journeyed up to New York 
from South America to have Jean's book — a 
novel with a South American background — 
published. Gen also saw Grace Langeler Irvine, 
ex-'35, who has moved into a nine room 
house at 445 Wolf's Lane, Pelham Manor, 
New York. Grace has a daughter, Gail Marie, 
born last September. Dot Loebmann Gen- 
garelly spent July and August with her parents 
on their new farm In Pine Plains, New York. 
Marge Curtze Vicary, ex-'3 5, divided her sum- 
mer between \acationing In Erie and supervis- 
ing the remodelling of her house. Ruth Gill 
Wickens is \\ orking In New York, and has 
seen Isabel Scrlba, who is also one of the 
working gals. Alison Dunne Harrison Is tem- 
porarily at 3407 Dell wood Road, Cleveland 
Heights, but expects to move to Detroit soon. 
Returning from a trip to Detroit, where her 
husband is w orking, Alison stopped off In 
Toledo and saw Betty Fox Moon and her two 
children. Toledo, says Alison, Is a gay and 
busy town. 

Here are some more new addresses to go 
in your little green book: 

Hester Kramer Avery, 16th Field Artillery, 
Fort Riley, Kansas; Eleanor Elliott Scott, 
2139 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul Minnesota; 
Anne Temple Benton, 1850 Sul Ross, Houston, 
Texas; Marian Walker Alcaro, 16 West Black- 
well Street, Dover, New Jersey; Alice Mc- 
Closkey Schlendorf, 434 Shady Avenue, Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania; Helen Jackson Hagan, 
127 Park Avenue, Mount Vernon, New Yorkj 
Jane Mitchell Robeson, R. F. D. #1, Sylvanla 
Road, Rochester, New York; Elizabeth Court- 
ney Case, ex-'35, 11 New England Avenue, 
Summit, New Jersey; Mary Lee Wynn Wynne, 
ex-'35, 4700 Preston Road, Fort Worth, Texas. 

Helen Schneider is fine and dandy and has 
an addition to her household — an adorable 
kitten which she acquired w hlle on a visit to 
Sarah Turpin on the Eastern Shore. Hel°n 
spent a month at Rehobeth Beach this summer 
and was expecting a visit from Sarah upon her 
return to Washington — but alas and alack, 
Sarah, bemoaning the approach of old age, 
had to postpone her intended visit and signed 
her regrets "Lumbago Lou". Understand? 

I have had a very pleasant summer with an 
occasional week-end jaunt. The feature attrac- 
tion was a change In jobs — I am now a most 
lowly worm on the staff of the Board of Gov- 
ernors of the Federal Reserve System and am 
enjoying it extremely. 

That's about all for now. But keep me in 
mind when the news items pop up. 

Woolly 

1936 

Class Secretary, Mrs. James R. Gay, 103 
Sixth Avenue, S. W., Rochester, Minnesota. 
Changes In addresses seems to be the main 
news this month! A good long list of these 
awaited my arrival here the first of October, 
and I pass them on to you, knowing how 
difficult it is to let your friends know where 
you are during the ordeal of getting settled 
In a new location. Because this issue is being 
sent to all alumnae, I shall also summarize 
briefly the news of the year. Very few other 
items of news have reached me since I have 
been en route from Baltimore since August. 



Esther O'Brlar Towle moved last spring to 
605 Claymont Gardens, Claymont, Delaware. 
John Thurston Towle was born July 25, and 
in September she was still enthusiastic In spite 
of having to give up her vacation In New 
Hampshire to cure a bad case of colic! She re- 
ports that Midge is liking her work In Mari.i 
Ouspenskaya's school in Hollywood. 

Alice Benet Hopkins, whose address is Box 
371, Paris Island, South Carolina, also has a 
young son who was born just two days before 
Pinkie's Frederick, Jr., who put in an ap- 
pearance Friday the thirteenth of December, 
earning the nickname of "Our man Friday." 
He has accompanied the Scotts on a skiing 
expedition to Afton mountain and a trip to 
New York, and will spend this winter grow- 
ing strong and healthy at 909 West Franklin 
Street. Pinkie is making a wonderful hostess 
in their lovely home and is also busy with 
many community activities. 

Jane Shelton Williams, whose namesake, 
known as Patsy, was born in May, spent the 
summer vacation just across the road from 
Mary Poindexter Willingham and gives her 
address as Summertown, Signal Mountain, 
Tennessee. Carrie Marshall Gilchrist, whose 
son is now two, Is busy this fall as secretary 
for the Junior League and chairman of her 
church circle in Charlotte. 

Katie Niles Parker was located during the 
summer months in a cottage In South Port- 
land, Maine, and she is now settled at 46 
Glen Road, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. 

Gloriana Burrill, who has been doing tem- 
porary work with the Junior League in New 
York, Is living at 28 East 38th Street. Rissa 
Holden has been taking Child Guidance 
courses at Columbia. Chic Gregory, who has 
been holding a position at Emily Abbey House, 
Connecticut College for Women for the past 
two years, will re-enter class rooms and sem- 
inars this fall. Since leaving S. B., Frances 
has been following the path of food chemistry, 
in that field she received her M.A. at Teachers' 
College in New Jersey. Now she is planning 
to work at Radcliffe College toward a Doc- 
torate In American History. 

In July while vacationing in White Plains 
I met Willietta Thompson at the summer thea- 
ter with the society editor picking up the com- 
munity activities. Her engagement to Mr. 
Clement F. P. Scofield, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
John P. Scofield of White Plains has just been 
announced. Mr. Scofield w as graduated from 
the Packard Business School, New York, and 
attended Columbia Uni\ersity. 

Mark Powell Doty has recently moved to 
71 Manchester Road, Interlaken Gardens, 
Eastchester, Tuckahoe, New York, while Mary 
Jane Markworth has left Buffalo to live at 176 
Hamilton Drive Snyder, New York. Sara High 
Gregg now gives her address as Lexington 
Avenue, North Aronlmink, Pennsylvania, and 
Peg Lloyd Bush, as 17 Inwood Road, Essex 
Falls, New Jersey. Sunny Reld's moving cara- 
van has taken her to 826 Fairacres Avenue, 
West field. New Jersey. 

Fran Baker Owen, who has been working 
as secretary for a prominent Baltimore physi- 
cian, is able to stay at the same address while 
her husband Is serving the army at Fort Meade 
just outside the growing city. 



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Mary Virginia, who w.is married to Charles 
Lee Smith, Jr., now lives In Raleigh, North 
Carolina, H 9 Raleigh Apartments, where she 
has been busy with household duties, enter- 
taining relatives, and participating In defense 
activities. Marjorle Wing who was a brides- 
maid In Virginia's wedding, Is head of the 
Alumnae chapter of Tidewater section and Is 
assisted by Margaret Upton White and Kin 
Carr Baldwin. 

Veg Campbell Usher has been visiting rela- 
tives and friends, doing most of the traveling 
by plane. Pat Edmands, having secured her 
flying license, spent three evenings a week 
this winter at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Insti- 
tute studying ground work. 

Stumpy's plans at reunion were to return to 
Louisville, Kentucky to resume teaching the 
fifth grade In the Collegiate School, and she 
is most enthusiastic over her work. Alma has 
given up her position in the nursery school 
and spent the summer In New York after a 
busy spring with the Sweet Briar campaign. 
Cabbie Ravenscroft has had a busy time with 
her energetic youngster, Kent, Jr., teaching a 
class In First Aid, traveling about for the 
S. B- campaign, and being active In the Junior 
League. Virginia Rutty Anstice has moved to 
Rochester, New York and gives her address 
as HI Brookside Drive. Betty Muggleton 
Patterson Is now at 26 East Scott Street, Chi- 
cago, Illinois. Anne Farr Foot is a refugee 
with her two children from England and can 
be located at her family's home, care of Dr. 
C. B. Farr, Old Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr. 
Pennsylvania. 

Class reunion In June was small but loads 
of fun. Pinkie presided as toastmlstress at the 
banquet Saturday night and Jackie did the 
honors at the class picnic Sunday. They trekked 
off with Stumple and Logan to Rnyal Orchards 
before I arrived from a friend's wedding, and 
they were joined later by G- A. and Muggy 
who stayed at Sweet Briar until Monday. La 
McCormack, Sniltty, Betty Win free, Marti 
Gwlnn, and Ruth Viar all produced pictures 
of their children and compared notes with one 
another. Elsie Fleet was proudly displayed in 
Lynchburg by Lib Forsyth who was just home 
from the hospital. We all wished that more of 
you could have enjoyed the refreshing visit to 
Sweet Briar. 

After several anxious months of not know- 
ing where we should be located this fall, my 
husband was given a year's deferment from 
active duty in the army, and we are at last 
settled in the shadow of The Mayo Clinic, a 
lone skyscraper In a unique Minnesota town. 
Medicine Is the main Industry here and draws 
thousands of patients dally from all parts of 
the United States and from many foreign 
countries as well. We spent the two weeks 
preceding the beginning of Jimmy's October 
appointment In neurosurgery camping with an- 
other Mayo Fellow and his w Ife out In ^'cl- 
lowstone National Park and in the Grand 
Tetons. We had planned to go to Glacier 
Park, but two snowstorms caused us to turn 
southward, where the weather was more con- 
ducive to sleeping in tents, fishing, and hiking. 

Now that you have my address I hope that 
all of yovi will write frequently, as everyone 
will want to hear from you. During these days 



M A G A Z I N E S ! 

We are grateful to the many alumnae 
who sent their magazine subscription 
(both new orders and renewals) to the 
Alumnae office. We take all subscrip- 
tions ! May we have your order? 



(if rapid cliangc and uncertainty, nntlilng is 
more welcome than news from friends. Because 
it Is Impossible to w rite a hundred or more 
cards for each issue, the class is divided into 
four groups, with each of you receiving only 
tine or two cards during the year. Therefore I 
hope that you will make special efforts to an- 
swer the inquiry for news promptly or w rite 
spontaneously so the entire responsibility will 
not fall on the same ten or twelve people 
each time. Everyday news that may not seem 
at all glamorous to you makes most Interesting 
reading for other people. Let's fill the winter 
issue with news by writing now! 

Lii.LiAN" C. Gay 
1937 
Class Secretary, An'ne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Dear '37: 

This will probably be a most disjointed 
letter, for I shall have to take your cards just 
as they come In order to get a letter off to 
you by the deadline. 

Brad has been pushed around by the Nav\' 
some more and Is now located at Grey stone 
Apartments, 3521, 149th Street, Flushing, 
Long Island, New York. George Is waiting 
for his ship to be commissioned after which 
he will he attached to It. Brad has seen some- 
thing of Izzy Olmstead, May Weston, and Dot 
Prout Gorsuch. Incidentally my card to Dottle 
was returned address unknown. 

DInnie Hardin also sends a new address. 
She has moved to an apartment at 373 Hazel 
A\ enuc, Glencoe, Illinois. She is playing 
hockey and working In the Junior League 
Children's Theater this fall. She sends word 
that Lucy Gore Is wurki ng In the Massachu- 
setts General Hospital in Boston and likes It 
very much. 

Helen Williamson Dumont has a new son, 
Wayne Hunt, to write about, and Is the pro- 
verbial busy bee with all her motherly duties. 
Norma Rogers Cook has a daughter born last 
March, and Jurie Dearmont married Hickman 
Young Fisher on September 7th. 

I had a nice letter from Lib Lee who had 
just been a bridesmaid for Becky Wright, 
along with Henri Minor, Rilma Wilson, Grace 
Robinson McGuIre and Connie Burwell. Lib 
and Connie took a trip to New Orleans, Cuba 
and Panama in July and August and had a 
most wonderful time. Lib Is still working 
and reports that Ellle went out to California 
this summer. 

Lee Hall Cramer has been busy all summer 
taking week-end trips and entertaining Fred's 
friends as they dropped by. On a quick hop 
to Virginia Beach she saw Nina Cauthorn 
Jarvis and Nancy Worth ington. Nina is In- 
terested only in their new house at this mo- 
ment — Cape Cod style w ith the most wonder- 
ful view In the county. 



Nancy Nalle Lea had her daughter Ann 
christened with Beda Carlson Calhoun as god- 
mother. Nancy hopes to take figure skating 
lessons this winter and to keep up with the 
Yankee pace. 

Marie Walker Is at Woodberry Forest again 
this year. She has seen Mary Frances Willis, 
Dot Thomas Upton, Margaret Coleman, Shir- 
ley Jones, Elizabeth Copeland Nnrfleel, and 
Aggie Crawford while running around be- 
tween Virginia Beach and New York this sum- 
mer. 

Lolly Redfern Ferguson has had a busy 
summer with lots of company. Janet and 
George Trimble were among the guests. Be- 
sides Williamsburg Janet has been at Bay 
Head and Ocean City this summer. 

Biddy Sicard Locke has been living at 182 
Hastings Place, Syracuse, New York for some 
time. It appears. Sorry, I guess I slept through 
that change. She took time out from being a 
housewife and mother to visit CIssIe this sum- 
mer and saw Lottie Lewis while there. 

Bobby Jarvis and May Weston flew to 
Charlottesville to see Kitty O'Brien marry 
Upshur Tucker Joyner on September 1 3. 
"Uppy" Is working at Langley field where 
Kitty has been the last couple of years. 

May and Terry Shaw had lunch together 
recently and each reports the other looked 
swell. Terry has joined the New York Junior 
League and is busy with the Red Cross Motor 
Corps. She came down to visit Polly Lambeth 
Blackwcll In Wlnston-Salem this summer. 

In June I betook myself to Roaring 
Gap, North Carolina where I spent the 
summer as a counselor in a girls camp, 
clamoring over the mountain tops with 
my seven little twelve year olds. While 
there I got the latest news of Sweet Briar 
from Anita Loving, '41, a fellow counselor. 
Polly's family has a home there, and I saw her 
and Peggy HIte a couple of times. I came 
home all husky and muscle-bound only to be 
summoned out to the new Army Air Base near 
here and offered a job. Another girl 
and I are secretaries to the commanding 
officer and the executive officer — the lucky men. 
It's wonderful being at headquarters and very 
exciting — even worth getting up at 6:30 a.m. 
I am taking flying lessons too, and shall have 
soloed by the time you read this. Red Cross 
Motor Corps and Junior Welfare League wnrk 
complete my activities. 

And now for today's cards. Nat Lucas Chase 
writes a letter enclosing a darling picture of 
daughter Bettis, my latest goddaughter. Nat 
says she laughs all the time, has two teeth. 
and is fat as a pig. They spent most of the 
summer at the beach. 

All the mail seems to be about babies. Lil 
Lambert Pennington sends a precious snapshot 
f)f Neiland. He had a tooth at two and one 
half months, and is a perfect cherub. 

And another baby — ^this time It's Dina's new 
son, Eugene Hale Adams, Jr., born on June 
16th. Nookle had a second son about the same 
time. Benadlne visited Dlna during the sum- 
mer and will be back for the winter. Cabby 
Mitchell Ravenscroft and young Spanky were 
also among the summer visitors. Dina says 
Marion Leggett married Donald Morse Currie 



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Aim 



Nrivs 



on September 20th. (Message from DIna to 
Lil: Will write soon). 

Kemple writes of her seven months old, 
twenty pound boy who occupies all her time 
not taken in raising cocker spaniel pups. She 
has four to sell in case youVe interested. 
Kempie also vacationed at Virginia Beach. 

I hope I'll have more news to add before 
I mail this in, but right now I'd like to thank 
you all for your nice response. You know this 
is my last year of this, so this time next year 
you may be begging me for some news, so just 
keep that in mind. 

There seems to be just one more item tills 
time. That is the arrival of Kate Shaeffer 
Hardy's daughter Piitricin Hannah on August 
11th. 

Anne 

193S 
Class Secretary^ Claire Handerson Chapin, 
Mrs. Carroll Horton), 22701 Fairmount Blvd., 
Shaker Heights, Ohio. 
Dear Ladies: 

I can't be quite as talkatl\c this time, as I 
neglected to send out those pesky little penny 
post-cards prior to this issue, and as a result 
many of you overlooked your usual "duty" 
letter. Many thanks to you who did write, and 
in a few months ynu may all expect to hear 
from me. 

Once again I'll attempt to keep you posted 
in regard to recent weddings and engagements. 
Things are happening so fast and furiously 
these days that I may not have been Informed 
about some of you. If so — please don't feel 
slighted, but drop me a card and tell me all 
about it. 

Alex was married to Mr. Charles Marshall 
Young on June the twenty-eighth, and is now 
living at 827 Bedford Road, Schenectady, 
New York. Ida Todman (ex-'38) was Alex's 
bridesmaid. 

Maud Tucker was married to Walter Flard- 
ing Drane, Ensign, U. S. Naval Reserve, on 
August thirtieth. And thereby hangs a thrilling 
tale! It seems that the day before the wedding 
was to take place, everything was postponed 
because "Hardy" believed he would be unable 
to arrive In Cleveland in time. (He was on 
the West Coast.) However, at the zero hour 
the bridegroom arrived and the wedding took 
place just a few hours after the original sched- 
uled time. I was unable to attend, but fntm 
all reports, Maudie was a beautiful bride and 
everything was a gay whirl wind of excite- 
ment. She and Hardy left for the West Coast 
Immediately and now are snugly established In 
a little grass shack In Hawaii. The exact ad- 
dress is, U.S.S. Nevada, Fleet Base, Pearl 
Harbor, Hawaii. (I might add that Maudie 
was married by her father and her sisters 
served as bridesmaids.) 

Sigur Moore was married to Mr. Quincy 
Myers Whitaker on the fourteenth of June, in 
Fort Worth and Babbie Derr became Mrs. 
Arthur T. Chenoweth on the second of July. 
She's now living at 1303 York Avenue, in 
New York City, 

Elinor Wilson's marriage to Lt. Edgar 
Graham Gammon, Jr., took place on the ninth 
of .August. I heard from "Wilson" just the 
other dav, and it seems that she and Graham 



are very happily settled at 155 Shenandoah 
.Avenue, Hampton, Virginia. (He's in the 
U. S. .Army Air Corps Reserve.) 

.Another army wife is Fritz Cordes, who 
was married to Lt. Franklin David Hoffman 
on the twenty-seventh of September. Jane 
Townsend (ex-'38) Is now Mrs. Charles David 
Herlihy, and her husband holds the rank of 
second lieutenant in the V. S. .Army Reserve 
Corps. 

Did you know that Judy is now a married 
lady? The gentleman In question is a certain 
Mr. Allan C. Wills from Newport News, who 
Is now located in Port Sulpher, Louisiana. 

In regard to future weddings, Peg Greene 
has announced her engagement to Lt- John 
Field Michel, U. S. Engineers Corps, who Is 
stationed at Puerto Rico with the 107th. 

Barbara Fish was married on October 
seventh to Dr. H Max Schiebel, at Hanover. 
.After a trip to the mountains, they will ll\e 
In Durham, North Carolina, where he Is In 
prhate practice. (That exact address Is Uni- 
versity Apartments In Durham.) 

Lucy T. crashed through with another one 
of her super-epistles, and I learn that she is 
now enjoying the placid and restful "recovery 
period" following an appendectomy. Congrat- 
ulations ! (Or what ever one says after such 
an event!) Prior to this event Lucy and Judy 
headed south to Louisiana for a spree — Lucy 
to see her sister, and Judy her "true-love." 
On their return north, they stopped off in 
.Atlanta to see Macky, who is now living at 
278 Twelfth Street, N. E. in that fair city. 
From all reports I gather that she is her usual 
cheerful self and a very competent mama. 

After Atlanta, Lucy stopped In Charlotte 
to get a peek at Rilma, who is hard at work 
at the hospital there, acting as secretary to one 
of the doctors. 

With the Army and Navy changing their 
respective minds so often as to where they 
want your husbands to settle, I'm finding it 
mighty difficult to keep track of all you people. 
Please do drop me a card, if you find yourself 
en route to a new home. 

The following are only a few of the changes 
I have noted. — Dail Is now living at 4516 
Stanford Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 
Fergle and husband have moved Into then- 
new home, located at 95 Pleasant Street, 
Farmlngham Center, Massachusetts. 

Dor GIpe Clement is still living In Flint, 
Michigan, but she writes that they may move 
down to Shreveport, Louisiana, sometime In 
the very near future. 

Mabbie Is now located at 1722 Enoree 
Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina, and any 
mail will reach Eady at R. R. #6, Box 318, 
Louisville, Kentucky. 

Our deepest sympathy goes to Kay Hoyt 
whose sister Coral died, and tn Hope Hartarf 
who lost her father. 

As for myself — I am now the proud mama 
of a baby girl, Connie by name, who arrived 
on the fifteenth of August. (That's why you 
received no postcards ! ) — Who knows — she 
may appear at S.B.C. as a member of the 
class of '63. (Rli>'me In that sentence purely 
unintentional.) 

Love, 

Cl.-mre 



1939 
Class Secretary, Anne Benedict, Highland 
Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey. 
Dear Gals: 

I've seen Jean McKenney, Jane Parker, and 
Janet Thorpe off and on during the summer 
also Jeannie Moore, who Is still with a prom- 
inent advertising firm. McKen is having con- 
iptions trying to set a date for her wedding 
for it has to be one that will suit John's South 
American and New York bosses. But mean- 
while Jeannie Is very busy getting her trous- 
seau together, holding down her job, and has 
been appointed air raid warden for her block 
— is responsible for the lives of thousands 
of people! 

Doxle DIngman has finished her secretarial 
course after various setbacks. Scarlet Fever and 
one other contagious disease (chicken pox or 
the like) and now has a very swell job doing 
research work at the Can Manufacturing. Com- 
pany in the City. 

Betty Shuford, ex-' 3 9, was married on 
October 1 6th in Jackson Heights, New York 
to Mr. Howard IHsley Pagenkopf of San An- 
tonio, Texas. Evidently they are to live In 
San Antonio, as Mr. Pagenkopf is associated 
w ith Remington Rand, Inc., in that city. 

Mardic Hodill was married to Mr. Charles 
Vey Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 
Saturday, July 12th, 19+1, and Love Porter's 
engagement has been announced to a gentle- 
man who is in the United States Naval Re- 
serve — sorry I can't supply the name. 

The Alumnae Office received a note from 
Augusta Saul Edwards who writes "my hus- 
band, young son, and I have moved to 609 
Maiden Lane. — I wish you would call us when 
you're next in Roanoke, for I'd love to see 
you, and have you see Tommy — he's all of 
3 months old." 

I've been going to the Jersey Shore every 
week-end this summer (after a hard week's 
work), and have seen Ann Hutchinson Fort, 
ex-'39, and Ruth Macfarlane Debevoise. 
Hutchie, as you know, was married last year, 
and she and her husband are living in Ger- 
mantown, Pennsylvania. Ruthie was married 
in June to Mr- Thomas Debevoise of Engle- 
wood, New Jersey. As Tom is with the Natural 
Gas Company, they are living in Salem, West 
Virginia, and the last time I saw Ruthie 
(Labor Day week-end) they were about to 
move into a darling cottage In that town. 

Much love to you all, 

Annie B. 

P.S.: The gathering at Stouffer's was a great 
success, and we all wished that everyone lived 
within a reasonable distance of New York. 
Tready came all the way down from Bristol 
and was planning to spend a few days with 
Yvonne Leggett Dyer in Scarsdale, Yvonne 
and Danny are to leave next week for a two 
weeks' vacation in Canada. Tready has just 
returned from a backwoods fishing and scout- 
ing trip. She's taking some kind of a Red 
Cross course, and is teaching Sunday School. 

Mary Mackintosh has spent the Summer In 
Sakonet, R. I., and Is now back at her Secre- 
tarial job In Scarsdale, using her spare time 
working with the Motor Corps. She had 
some wild tale about being ii.Tndy (In iier hot 



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31 



winter uniform) at a County Fair, where they 
had to administer First Aid to six people who 
were overcome hy the heat and excitement. 

Ruth Harman just happened into Stouffer's 
and saw us there — she's staying at the Allerton 
Hotel, 39th Street, this winter, and is taking 
secretarial work at the Ballard School. Bucket 
Dt-arstync also on hand — is spending this 
winter in New York, studying at the New 
^'nrk School of Social Work. 

Janet Thorpe, Jane Parker, Jean McKcn- 
nt-y, Jeannie Moore and Tilde Palmer Baker 
(Mrs. Edward) ex-'39, were the other mem- 
bers of our class. Tilde is living in Larch- 
mont, and told us that Betty Bell, ex-'39, is 
working for Lije magazine up in Boston. 
Jiinct reported that Kitty Lawder Stephenson 
is going back to Texas for a while, as Steve 
has to be in Washington with the FBI for a 
short time. 

Nat Harris Wheatley, ex-'39, h;is a daugh- 
ter, Sandra, born on August 29th. 

Blair Bunting, Bettie Ivins, EUie Sn<iw, 
Mary Petty Johnston, Connie CurrJe, Alice 
Gass and Marian Webb, ex-*+0, were there 
representing the Class of 1940, and we had a 
w.mderful time hearing the latest news from 
the Patch from the most recent graduates, 
Class r)f 1941 — Mary James, Bebo Chichester 
and Allan Bagby. Mary reports that Happy 
James Wathcn and her husband Dick are busy 
remodelling an old farmhouse out in Bloom- 
ington, Indiana, but are going to take time 
off to come to New York soon. 

Mardic Lane is taking a secretarial course 
in Philadelphia, and letters from Betty Frazier 
show that Fraz is anxious for winter to come 
so she can go whipping off on ski week-ends. 

That's all for now, except to ask you to 
please write me some news of yourselves. 

P.S.S.: Yvonne heard from Betsy Durham 
("toodhuc that Albie is being transferred from 
the Boston Area to Puerto Rico — (Naval 
R.O.T.C. ) — and they are going to spend three 
weeks In Richmond with Betsy's family on 
their way South. AB 

19+0 
Class Secre/tjry, Nida Tomijn, 262^ Handa- 
syde Court, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

WInchell himself would be a total wreck If 
he- tried to give more than a "flash" about the 
recent weddings and engagements In our class. 
Therefore, I will give just a brief account, In 
spite of wanting to make a complete play hy 
play description of everyone's "great day". 

Nan Dickie became Mrs. William B. Neil 
rtn July third. "Our Bill" finished law school 
this year, passed his Bar right off, and is 
w f)rki ng at the American Surety Company. 
Nan isn't letting her ability or training go to 
waste and Is working at the International Stu- 
dent Service. Mrs. Neil (it's fun to call her 
that) Is connected with the Publications De- 
partment which Is putting out a new college 
magazine called "Threshold". The Neils are 
living at 336 Ft. Washington Avenue, New 
York. July tenth was that Important day for 
Georgia Herbert. It's Mrs. George Childs 
Hart of 1821 Green Street, Columbia, South 
Carolina, from that day forward. George is 
a captain In the army and is stationed at 



Camp Jackson. Jane Hopkins was married on 
August 6th to Mr. Pleasant Huber Hanes of 
Win St on -Salem. They spent their honeymoon 
In Honolulu \\here they saw Ruth Collins and 
Jean Tyree Williams. Ruth's fiancee Is such 
a good cook that she hasn't learned yet, but 
continues to teach two year olds in the pre- 
school division of a private school. Barbara 
Ralnsford and Patty Rnsc Early ex-'42, have 
been In Hawaii, too. 

Way back in March, Sarah Mayo was mar- 
ried to Louis Sohn, a Polish law student, who 
is working at Cambridge. They are living at 
24 Prescott Street. Marjorle Carr is now Mrs. 
James Chester Fausch and is living In Pitts- 
burgh. From this line on "living at" will be 
simply ila and and married will be a big M. 
You'll be just as tired reading It as I am 
writing It. Betty Lee was married to Mr. Sam- 
uel Kopper in Charlottesville on September 
first. Emory, Anna Mae, Phin and Gaff were 
bridesmaids. Sam was graduated from Prince- 
ten and the University of Virginia law school. 
He is with the Division of Export control of 
the State Department. Betty and Sam ala 800 
Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia. On 
Saturday, September the sixth Helen Cornwell 
married Homer D. Jones, Jr., a graduate of 
W. & L. In 1939. Mickey Mitchell was married 
to Mr. James Watson Gilles, Jr., on Septem- 
ber the 10th and ila 401 Elmwood Avenue, 
Buffalo. Polly Boze, Nancy Haskins, Eleanor 
Bos worth, Sandra and Rector were brides- 
maids. Mr. Gilles is a graduate of Hoosac 
School, Hoosac, New Y()rk, and the American 
Institute of Banking In New York. He Is 
Executive Vice-President and Treasurer of the 
Trans-studio Corporation and representative of 
Music by Muzak in Buffalo. 

Arline M. Chester M. Wallace MacArtliur 
on .August ninth at Pelham Manor, New Ynrk. 
Stuart Hensley is In the army now ! Her hus- 
band, Gilbert Woodward Is a Lieutenant and 
a West Point graduate. Stuart was a June 
bride and will live In colorful El Paso. Stuart's 
final romance began at Fort Bliss, ain't that 
a coincident? Jane and Mariana were at Jackie 
Sexton Daley's wedding on September the 
sixth. Jackie's only attendant was her sister 
Barbara. Jackie and her husband. Jack are 
living In Sew a nee, Tennessee where Jack is 
In the Seminary of the University. After de- 
scribing Georgia and Jackie's weddings, Mari- 
ana said that .Augusta is gay what with the 
army, but claims that her days are absorbed 
by Business School, while Jane Is busy keeping 
up her French and Spanish. Phin, when not 
traveling or "falling in and out", Is occupied 
with Girls and Boys Clubs. 

Back t<i the Brides with Lois Fernley and 
Cynthia Noland who were both married on 
October the fourth. Parge, El and Blair were 
bridesmaids when Lois became Mrs. Henry 
MacNeil. Cynthia M. Karl Young, Jr., who 
graduated from Yale in '36 and has been with 
the Shell Oil Company for three years. They 
will reside in Alton, Illinois. 

Kitty Estes married Gilbert Egliff John- 
ston on October the eleventh. Eve Williams' 
engagement to Knox Turnbull of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia and Sweet Briar fame has 
been announced. Knox graduated this year from 
the University of Virginia Law School, and 



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We are grateful to the many alumnae 
who sent their magazine subscription 
(both new orders and renewals) to the 
Alumnae office. We take all subscrip- 
tions! Mav we have vour order' 



has been working since tljcn in Washington. 
After their marriage in November Eve and 
Knox will live in Alexandria, down the street 
from Canny and Merrill Pasco. 

The climax to "all this — and dishes too", 
is the fact that Clara Call Frazier has the first 
Class baby I 

Among those having success in other lines 
(at least they haven't admitted anything else) 
is Poll Boze who Is an instructor in French 
at Fairfax Hall Junior College. Polly loves 
teaching and now holds a diploma from Insti- 
tute de Touraine de L'UniversItie dc Pollers, 
La Sorborne and has her M.A. degree In 
French from Columbia. NIckle finished at 
Gibbs and has secured a position with Thorne- 
dike Diland and Associates of New York. 
Blair and Alice have an apartment at 124 
East 6nth Street, New York, and are casting 
about for lucrative jobs. Connie Is secretary to 
the editor of Chemical a>ui Mrfallurg'cal Evgi- 
neeriug, McGraw Hill Book Company. Beth, 
the beautiful, Is teaching in the Nursery School 
of the Child Study Department at Vassar, while 
Maggie Is teaching at the Lincoln School in 
New ■^'ork. Rector has been working since 
August In a bank where she Is located behind 
bars labelled, "Defence Stamps and Christ- 
mas Savings". Polly Wyckoff Is in New Ynrk 
taking a Medical Secretarial course. Kay 
Hodge, Jane Goolrick and Tedle MacKinnon 
are at the Windle Secretarial school In New 
York. Olivia entered Gibbs after she returned 
from Louisville. C. P. has recently been ap- 
pointed to the faculty of Evansvllle (Ind.) 
College where she is an assistant In Biology. 
She is also the leader of a Girl Scout Troop 
and a member of the League of Women Voters. 
Mary Jane Burnett has been working at the 
Grant Advertising Company in Chicago since 
May. She has been Secretary to the person 
who writes Dr. I. Q. radio shows for the past 
few months, and is afraid of turning into a 
"Quiz Kid" herself! M. J. saw Ann Burr 
while she was en route to Hollywood and a 
prospective movie career. Marjorle Peggs, an- 
other up and coming actress was a member of 
the Cambridge Summer Theatre this year. .Ann 
Adamson spent most of the summer at Glou- 
cester. She will continue her social work and 
civic duties this winter in Richmond. Emory 
is slavng away in business school with her 
mind in the East. Phoopy has been strangely 
silent, but is still working at the Virginia 
Electric and Power Company. Godfrey is teach- 
ing first aid classes for the Red Cross, is a uni- 
formed Lieutenant of the Red Cross Motor 
Corps. 

Columbus is carrying on her Community 
House and Children's Hospital work and being 
in weddings all over the country. Benadine 
isn't going back to Yale, so will be in Denver 
most of the time. Midge has been busy going 



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to Texas and New Orleans and having guests 
of her own. She has charge of the Red Cross 
knitting and is considering going to business 
school. Coralie and Dottie Campbell were both 
in California this summer and neither of them 
have any definite plans for the winter. Flo 
Merrill and her mother are on their way to 
the West Coast for a two month visit. Marion 
Daudt has been West too and at present has a 
job teaching riding at Linden wood College. 
Ivy hastened to purify her soiled name by 
answering my stinging post card. She has 
been , doing Junior League work and having 
fun. Parge is In great shape and is also having 
a superb time. Ann Sims is already looking 
forward to the Christmas rush in her book- 
shop. Rudy Beach went to summer school, then 
took a hiking trip through New England with 
Lisa Pugh. This fall, Rudy is at Barnard. 
Ginny Leggett Is very thrilled at having fin- 
ished her nurse's training course. Jane Furniss 
and her husband, Delk, have moved to Rich- 
mond (1180 West Franklin) as he is working 
on the Tiines-Dispalch. 

Mose and Ag, the radiant June brides, are 
still in that condition. Lawson is stationed at 
Camp Lee, but gets to Lynchburg to see Mose 
every week-end. I visited Mrs. Burke this 
summer when she wasn't doing her own cook- 
ing, but she did look lovely arising at six 
every morning. Ag also has complete charge nf 
a stupid little canary named "Delilah". As fur 
me, I'd like to be Delilah myself, instead of 
working for an Advertising Research Com- 
pany. My day's pay is usually all spent on 
lunch, so I'll probably give up and go to bus- 
iness school. Everyone was wonderful about 
writing this time. I love to hear from each 
of you and then too, you are the stuff fmni 
which this lowly column comes. 
Thanks again, 

NiDA 

1941 
Class SecrelarSy Joav DeVork, 313^ Victoria 
Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Dearest Chicks: 

Since we couldn't report to each other our- 
selves on the summer activities, I'll rifle 
through the little tidbits and see what I can 
do. First in importance, of course, come the 
weddings — Kirk's and Barby's on June 28. 
Kirk's was wonderful beyond words, both for 
her and for those who attended. Piney, Erk, 
Lump, and Janle Bell swooped on Cincy and 
we went down on Wednesday before the 
wedding, meeting Mary, Pick, Eunie, and 
Franny from points south. Mimsy arrived the 



next day — Legs, Chee-Chee, Pat Sorenson, 
Dewey, and Janle Clark descended Friday 
night and Pat Potter and Gaff on Saturday. 
Peg, as maid of honor, did a marvelous job 
of arranging escorts for the '41 contingent as 
well as performing her regular duties. 

Barby Nevens was doing the same thing 
Kirk was, up In Detroit — with Beany, Douce, 
and Helen Jean Winter as bridesmaids. All 
was perfect there except that Barb lost track 
of her beautiful going away hat and ne\er did 
find it. 

Marian and Lup were married In early July 
but Marian was ill and was forced to remain 
in bed, we're all hoping she has recovered. 
Elly, out in Ottaw a became Mrs. J. Malcolm 
Firth i PI, Henny, and Betty Fawcett were 
bridesmaids. Elly Is now living in Farmvllle. 

H. A. and Jack were married June 23rd 
and arc living at 618 South Main Street, 
Lexington, Virginia. Betty Blount vias another 
summer bride — she's now Mrs. B. A. Kemp- 
son, Jr., living at the Pensacola Naval Air 
Station in Florida. Libby Harrison was mar- 
ried to Wm. B. Monroe, Jr., of New Orleans 
on September v Shirts reported that she'd 
attended Margie Gilchrist's marriage to Lt. 
Lorton Livingston in Saxannah this summer. 
Ham married Joseph W. Lewis on October 4. 
Janic Clark has announced her engagement to 
Tom Hartrlch. 

So much for tht- weddings- — -for a while at 
least. 

After a \isit with Janie C. in St. Louis the 
Goose, Chee-Chee and I went through Chicago, 
spent the night with Bobby Clark who was 
looking very healthy, and over a coke in 
Fields with Prissy White we learned that she 
was continuing with her art. 

A short visit with Shirl In Erie revealed her 
busy with Bundles for Britain and varied social 
activities. 

The summer spot seems to have been Janic 
Bell's in (Greenwich . All the people near and 
far ended up there at one time or another — 
Charlie, Butch, Douse, Erk, Lump, and Dottle, 
and Cyn planned to stop over for a day and 
stayed a week which proves It was fun. 

Mary held open house in LinviUe with 
Allen, Eunie, and Pick dropping in. Anita 
mothered small campers this summer — that 
Sociology background no doubt ! 

Judy Davidson came a little further north 
to see me. She'd been to Barb's wedding and 
was taking a business course which is being 
extended. Gertrude MarrlU worked in a camp 
outside New York and is studying at the Unl- 
\ ersity of Virginia this winter; Betty B. w as 



Richmond representative to the Cotton Festi- 
val in Chattanooga. Bets)- spent the summer 
in California. 

As for fall doings, that great Instilutlun of 
business school seems to have claimed a huge 
section. Dottle White, Do Albray and Anne 
Borough are at Katie Gibbs In New York ; 
Betty Joe is at same in Boston, and in the 
home towns are Shirts, Erk, Pi, Judy, MI mi, 
Lump, Dottie B., Eunie, Chee-Chee, Helen 
Watson and I, as far as I know. Too bad we 
couldn't all get together in one place. 

Allen and James have an apartment in 
New York City, 35 East 63rd Street, Mary is 
going to dramatic school — .Allen Is taking 
secretarial training in French and English and 
Bebo's at the same house still trying to get a 
little English in her head. 

Joan Myers and Wattle are at ^'ale this 
w inter, Joan to study sculpture and Wattle 
dramatics. 

Libby has a very beautiful ring \ hear, has 
been doing her share to continue the '41 cheer 
around campus and by this time has found 
herself a job. 

Gayle has a fine job at the Naval Yard In 
Portsmouth and Craigie is helping Uncle Sam 
in Washington. She and Emory were down 
B'ham way to see Tish earlier in the summer. 
Tlsh is making hrr debut this year as Is Pick. 
Martha Jean continues to live for the week- 
ends when Tommy can get free. Teense Is 
teaching first grade at a private school in 
Norfolk. Scully and Decca are continuing to 
get educated at the University. Dewey Is mod- 
elling at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. 

Douce Is in Phllly this winter studying Oc- 
cupational Therapy and Henny is Junior 
Leaguing in Louisville. 

Do Huner and Jimmy McBee are at school 
w orking in the libe. Pat S. is working in a 
laboratory in Dayton, six days a week, too. 
Her new address is 901 Oak wood Avenue, 
Dayton Ohio. Legs Is taking over the farm in 
Downingtow n this winter. 

If anyone comes this way Peg and I make 
good firsts and seconds for bridge, so we'll 
entertain you in great style. Please drop me 
an informal and much wanted line, or more 
If necessary, about your various activities. 
Don't be bashful now — . 

Luff and kisses, 

DeDore 

P.S.: For those interested in feline activities 
— particularly Sapph Ira's the illustrious one is 
again mother to five kittens oddly bearing 
the names of some of those famed Brooklyn 
Dodgers this time. 



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Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs and Groups 



In tlic following an arrangement by states and cities iias been adopted. 
The name standing after that of a Club refers to the president unless 
ctherwise stated. 

;\i..ABAMA — Himn'ngham ; M.iry Jemlsoii Ci>hb, { R< pn-scuttUi-vc ) , 3728 
ClifT Road. 
Montg.)niery: Mrs. W.iUer (). l'..nli-, (Eliuihil/i Duiigl.i,,), (Rcji- 
r,:uii/,i/ii-c), 1 .1 I ft .Soutli I'eny Street. 
.\kkan.-.v— Little Rock: Mrs. Willis W. Johns.. n, Jr., (Kug.niu l\,k), 

722 West Twenty-eiglitli .Street. 
Caim-okma — Los .Angeles; Mrs. H. Krank CroUey, Jr., (t'iigiitui Hi>\), 
( Rtprcsi-nitUivc), 629 Soutli Serrano. 
San Franciscor Mrs. E. W. 0\ erslreet, (.\<inissii DilLirJ), 19 
Graystone Terrace. 
Colorado — Denver; Mrs. Kugene .Adams, ( Dhiti A'ctchy), IS Clierry 

Street. 
(.'oNStcTlciT — Hartlord; Mrs. L. Marsden Hubbard, (CUidys K'.;.../- 
ziarJ), ( Represcnlative), 210 Terry Road. 
Siiuthcrn; Mrs. Ward R. Hickok, (Aluc Kimcdier), {Ri-pri:ii>i/,i- 
livf). Box 707, Darien. 
I)KLAV\ARt — Wilmington; Mrs. Welton WInans Harris, (Wntiiia Jcn- 

sc/i), Owl Nest Road, Wilmington, Delaware. 
District ok Columbi..\ — Washington: Mrs. N. E. Allen, ( Ailtltii,lc 
Wliilfiird), 13 lilackstone R..ad, Westmoreland Hills, Mary- 
land. 
Im oKioA — Jacksonville: Mro. Cliarles B. -Snelton, Jr., ( Eliztibct/i 
Colh-y), (Rcprescnlative), 2916 St. Johns Avenue. 
Miami lieacli: Frances Jane Faulkner, ( Rt-prc^cnlatii'c ) , 3^1 West 

46th Street. 
Tampa: Mildred Gibbons, 823 South Delaware Avenue. 
Gkorgia — Atlanta: Mrs. William B. -Armstr.mg (Henrella CuUicr), 
(Rfpresentalivc), 2795 Peachtree Road. 
Augusta; Marion Coles I'hinizy, (Representative), 223+ McDowell 

Street. 
Savannah: Dorothy .\nn Tis..n, ( Represetitatk'e ) , 36 East Filty- 
lirst Street, 
li riNois — Chicago: Mary Ellen Tliompson, (I'iie-l'resiilen/J, 929 Edge- 
mere Court, Evanston. 
Im)Ian.a — Indianapolis; S.illy Re.ih.ird, ( R,pre,,iit,iriveJ, 5^25 North 

Meridian Street. 
ls.b:.NTUCKV — Lexington: Mrs. Edward S. Dabney, (Eilil/i Railcy ) , 
(Represenlalk-e), 430 West Third Street. 
Louisville: Elizabeth Co\, ( Rrpre.u-ii/a/ivf), 2038 Eastern Park- 
way. 
Loi islANA — New Orle;ni5: Katiileen Eslilenian, ( Represctttittive } , 722 
Lowerline Street. 
Shrevcport: Ramona Spurluck, ( Repreieiilalive), 521 Wilkinson. 
Marvlanb — .Annapolis: Mary Emory Hill, 252 King George Street. 
Baltimore: Dorothy Wallace, Cahert Court .Apartments, Calvert 
and 31st Streets. 
Massachl SETTS — Boston: Mrs. Kennetli B. Harding, (Belly Myers), 

230 Merriam Street, South Lincoln. 
MicHlcAx — Detroit; Mrs. Clark Lodge B;issett, (CrlruJe Geer), 
(Repreienlalive), 17166 Wildemere. 
Mrs. C. I'orter Strotlier, ( .M,iry l.eey Ry.in), ( Represeiilativc ), 
16650 -South Birwood. 
Grand Rapids; Mrs. John H. Bryant, (Catherine Braiijl), (Rep- 
resentative), 1006 Cherry, S. E. 
.Minnesota — Twin-City: Mrs. Herbert Bartholdi, (Ruth Graliam), 

1430 Como Boulevard, St. Paul. 
Missouri— Kansas City: Mrs. John Wilkin, (M,ny ll''/.,./r< '-/•//;>, 218(1 
West 68th Street, Country Club Stati.m. 
St. Louis: Hetty Lewis Frazier, 6601 W.iterman Avenue. 

Nkw Jkrsk^ *Fhe Nortliern Section: Mrs. Miles l*enillet..n, ( Luiille 

Bond), 38 Afterglow Avenue, Monlclair. 
Mrs. William Wo.idson, (Fully Cary Deu), ( Represcnlalivc), 

306 Grand\iew Circle, Ridgewood. 
Lucy 'Faliaferro, (Representative ), 305 North Union .Avenue, 

Cranford. 
Mrs. William W. Bush, (Margaret LloyJ), (Representative), 
75 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair. 
Nkw York — .Albany: Mrs. Donald J. Y\avn,( Durolfiy McGinnis), (Rep- 
resentative), 380 New Scotland Avenue. 
Buffalo; Mary R. Templeton, (Representative), 399 Porter .Avenue. 



Long Island: Isabel Scriba, 72 Second Street, Garden City. 

New York City; Mrs. Donald B. Stookey, (Bonnie Wood), 171 
West 12th Street. 

Rochester: Mrs. Frederick Reinheinier, (Barbiirj Karl), Varnuoriiis 
Guest H.iuse, 714 R.ick Beach. 

lliia: Mrs. RiJiard liaKh, (lielty I'leseiitl), (Representative), 
1202 Parkway East. 

Westchester: Mrs. Fred B. Danner, (Elizaheth .\eill), 29! l>ros- 
pect Avenue, Mt. Vernon. 
NoKTU Caroli.n.a — Cliarl.itte: Rilma Wilson, 1420 Queens Road. 

Dmham; Mrs. Kelsey Regeil, (Jacelyn Watson), (Representative), 
1017 D--merius Street. 

Greensboro: Mrs. Huger S. King, (Mary Lynn (larhon), (Repre- 
sentative), 701 Sunset Drive. 

R;ileigh; Mrs. Arthur W. Brown, (Evelyn I'oule), (Representa- 
tive), 1805 St. Mary's Street. 

Wilmington: Margaret Hall, (Representative), 109 North 1 5tli 
Street. 
Ohio — .Akron: Mrs. Robert C. Brouse, (Martha Ake), (Representa- 
tive), 575 Palisades Drive. 

Cincinnati: Mrs. John Walsh, (Margaret McWilliams), 245 Ft. 
Mitchell Avenue, Route No. 1 5, Covington, Kentucky. 

Cleveland: Mrs. Herbert .A. Cole, (Edna Sloan), 2985 G.engarry 
Road, Sliaker Heiglits. 

Columbus: J;inet Runkle, (Representative), 98 North Drexel 
Avenue, Bexley-C.dunibus. ' 

Toledo: Mrs. Theodore Reeves, (Doris Thompson), 1720 West 
Bancroft Street. 
Pennsylvania — Lancaster: Mrs. Jackson L. Straub, II, (Anna Mary 
Charles), (Representative), 127 East Walnut Street. 

Philadelphia: Mrs. Malcolm Baber, (Jean van Home), 250 South 
17th Street. 

Pittsburgh: Mrs. John S. Smith, (Rulii liaison), 5432 Kipling 
Road. 

Scranton-Wilkes-Barre; .Mrs. W. B. Crane, Jr., (Margaret 
Cramer), 87 Park Place, Kingston. 
South Carolina — Charleston: Mrs. B. B. Kinlocli, (Betty Austin), 
(Representative), 66 Churcli Street. 

Columbia: Mrs. John Henry Averill, (Mary Henderson), (Repre- 
sentative), 1530 Windham Road, Heath Wood. 

Greenville; Mrs. James A. Simpson, (Susan Johnson), (Repre- 
sentative), 245 McDaniel .Avenue. 

Sp;irtanburg; .Mrs. Rachel F. Wells, ( Raehel Ferguson), (Repie- 
sentative), 138 Alabama. 
Tennessee — Chattanooga: Mrs. H. Clay E\ans Jolinson, (Betty Mead 
Smartt), (Representative), East Brow Road, Lookout .Moun- 
tain. 

Knoxville: Martha Fowler, (Representative), 3424 Kingston Pike. 

.Memphis; Mrs. Leslie FI. Bucnman, (Annie Wallace), (Repre- 
sentative), F^ast Cherry Circle, Route No. 5. 

Nashville; .Anne Huudleston, (Representative), Clarendon Avenue. 
Texas — Dallas; Mrs. R..bert .A. HoUoway, (Pollyanna Shotaell), 5930 
Marquitii. 

Houston; Nevil Crute, (Representative), 243 Portland Avenue. 

San Antonio: Mrs. Henry Swift (Oretehen Orr), (Representative), 
364 Terrell Road. 
ViRGiNi.^ — .Amherst: Mrs. Thomas Whitehead, III, Gertrude Kinsley. 

Charlottesville; Mrs. James Kerr, (Mary Pinkcrton), Box 1232, 
University Station. 

Lynchburg: Mrs. J.»hn R. Th. .mass. in, (Margaret Smith), 1514 
.Arrow. 

N..rt..lk; Marjorie Wing, 1566 Blandlord Circle. 

Richinoiul; Mrs. 'Fh.nn.is Kriinch Scotl, Jr., (Carrie Taliaferro), 
9 'Papuan Ro;id. 

Roanoke: Martha Rect.jr, (Representative), 406 Allison Avenue. 
West Virginia — Bluelield: Mrs. Franklin K. Day, Jr., (Mary Uon- 
glinson), (Representative ) , F'erndell .Apartments. 

Charleston; Mrs. Walton S. Shepherd, Jr., (Margaret Weiiner), 
Wood Road, Edgevvood. 

Huntington: Mrs. Philip Gibson, (Morrell Jones), (Representa- 
tive), 1517 Sixth Avenue. 
WisuoNsiN — Mllw;uikee: M;irth;i v..ii Briesen, 4436 N.»rth Slowell 
•Avenue. 



U\[g "^sing H^rices ^\}fere 



"Don't Sp^T^d (fM,ore for 'Wedding Qifts and "'^han^-you" T^resents 

Sweet Briar China 

Hurry, hurry. Not every piece in every color is available. Order now and get your 
bread and butter plates in blue; after dinner coffees, tea pot, creamer, sugar in blue 
or green; bouillon cups in blue or mulberry. Dinner plates and tea plates in blue, 
green or mulberry are ready for delivery the moment your order is received as well as 
single pieces or quantities less than a dozen in every item- Prices are the same f.o.b. 
Boston — take advantage of them TODAY. 



DINNER SERVICE PLATES 

$16.00 per dozen 

$12.00 for eight 

$9.00 per half dozen 

BREAD AND BUTTER PLATES 

$8.50 per dozen 

$5.75 for eight 

$4.50 per half dozen 



TEA PLATES 

$11.00 per dozen 

$7.50 for eight 

;6.00 per half dozen 

TEA SET 

$4.00 Tea Pot 

;2.25 Cream Pitcher 

$3.25 Sugar Bowl 



AFTER DINNER COFFEE CUPS 

AND SAUCERS 

$11.50 per dozen 

$8.00 for eight 

$6.00 per half dozen 

BOUILLON CUPS AND SAUCERS 

$16.00 per dozen 

$12.00 for eight 

$9.00 per half dozen 



Sweet Briar Glassware 

Made in Pennsylvania the iced tea glasses, vase, cigarette box, ashtrays and finger 
bowls are finely etched with the Sweet Briar seal. Here you can find a gift to fit 
your budget and a gift in perfect taste. They're popular everywhere. 



ICED TEA GLASSES* CIGARETTE BOX* 
per doz. $5.00 each $1.25 

each .50 
*Plus Packing 



VASE* FINGER BOWL* DINNER ASH TRAY* 

each $2.50 per doz. $10.00 each .50 

each $1.00 



Sweet Briar Lithographs 

Two familiar scenes to choose from. Pay $3.00 for one or $5.00 for the pair and 
you'll have Sweet Briar right in your own home. 



Sw^eet Briar Baby Spoons 

These spoons won't harm baby's mouth or form bad habits. $2.50 buys the extra 
heavy short handle spoon; $2.2 5 the long handle spoon. There's room for initials too. 



4 'N >. V*.* 





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SWEET BRIAR DAY 1941 

Cek-bratud in tlfty-slx cities with a lutnl vi "''S students, alumnae and nK-mbcrs of the faculty attending. 



City 

Birmingham, Ala. 
Little Rock, Ark. 
Los Angeles, Calif. 
San Francisco, Calif. 
Denver, Colo. 
Hartford, Conn. 

Darien, Cunn. 
Wilmington, Del. 
Washington, D. C. 



Cli.AIRM.'\N 

Rutli Hemphill 
Anne Cockrill Wait 
Frances Wild Bose 
Helen Dittenhaver 



Pi.ACK Held 



Student 
Representative 

Birmingham Country Club — Luncheon Florence Ciillem 

Mrs. Wait's Iiome — Morning Coffee 

Lighted Tree Tea Room — Luncheon 

Berkley Women's City Club — Luncheon Peggy Harrison 
Eddina Newby Adams Denver Country Club — Luncheon 

Alberta MacQueen Town and Country Club — Luncheon Betsy Chamberlain 

de Ronge 
Frances Watkins 
Virginia Wellford 
Florence Merrill 



No. Special 

Att'd'g Features 

24 Boxwood on place cards 
7 College letter 
6 College letter 
1+ Mother oi alumnae — guests 
H Election of officers, plans for spring project 
College news 



Miss Watkins' home — Tea 

The University Club — Luncheon 

Army and Navy Town Club — Tea 



Jacksonville, Fla. Julia Beville Verkes Florida Yacht Club — Luncheon 



Deborah Wood 
Jean Ridler 
Frances Scott- 
Simmons 
Minge Clarke 



9 Visiting speaker and club organization 
II Pictures of group taken 
4l) College news 



Atlanta, Ga. 
Augusta, Ga. 

Savannah, Ga. 
Evanston, 111. 

Indianapolis, Ind. 
Ashland, K.y., and 
Huntington, W. Va. 

New Orleans, La. 
Shrcveport, La. 

Annapolis, Md. 
Baltimore, Md. 

Boston, Mass. 
Detroit, Mich. 
Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Twin Cities, Minn. 

Kansas City, Mo. 

St. Louis, Mo. 
Buffalo, N. Y. 
New York, N. Y. 

Rochester, N. Y. 
Ashevllle, N. C. 

Charlotte, N. C. 
Durham, N. C. 

Cincinnati, Ohio 
Cleveland, Ohio 
Columbus, Ohio 
Toledo, Ohio 
Lancaster, Pa. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Columbia, S. C 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Memphis, Tenn. 
San Antonio, Texas 

Charlottesville, Va. 
Norfolk, Va. 

Richmond, Va. 



Roanoke, Va. 
Seattle, Wash. 
Bluefield, W. Va. 

Charleston, W. Va. 
Milwaukee, Wis. 



Mary Stewart Carter 
Marlon Phinlzy and 
Kitty Hagler Phinlzy 
Eunice Foss 



Piedmont Driving Club — Luncheon 
Miss Phinizy's home — Tea 

Georgian Tea Room — Luncheon 



21 Pink camellias and azaleas — Group contri- 
bution to Auditorium Fund 
Margaret Troutman 19 College news 

10 Plans made for showing Sweet Briar 
movies to prospective students 



Mary Ellen Thompson The Georgian Hotel — Luncheon 

Sally Reahard Woodstock Country Club — Luncheon 

Hallie Everett Russell Henry Clay Hotel — Luncheon 



Kathleen Eshelman 
Phoebe Judd Tooke 

Barbara Godfrey 

Bern ice Thompson 

VValnw right 

Betty Myers Harding The College Club — Tea 

Mary Lee Ryan Strother Detroit Boat Club — Luncheon 

Virginia Burke Miller Women's City Club — Luncheon 



Green Shutter Tea Room — Luncheon 
Zephyr Room, Washington Yource 
Hotel — Luncheon 
Blue Lantern Inn — Luncheon 
Johns Hopkins Club — Luncheon 



Barbara Ripley 

Margaret Becker 
Mary Whitten 
Christian and 
Kathryn Agee 

Gloria Sanderson 

Betty Farinholt 
Page Ruth 

Nancy PIngree 
Joyce Livermore 
Nancy Gilbert 



H Election of officers, colored slides of campus 

— plans for benctit in spring 
n Miss Long and Miss Ramage, visitors 
28 College movies, prospective students and 

mothers, guests 



Defense stamps on place cards 
Sweet Briar roses In centerpiece 



6 Children's dance for benefit of Fund 
27 College mo\ ies — all alumnae given a 

directory of Baltimore alumnae 
20 Election of nev\ officers 



Minneapolis Woman's Club — Luncheon Alice Sweney 
Indian Hills Countrv Club — Tea 



M i ss F ra 2 ler's h ome — ^Tea 

Hotel Westbrook 

American Woman's Assoclatio 

Century Club 



Katherlne Shenehon 

Child 

Mary Woudworth 

Wilkin 

Betty Frazier 

Dorothy Pryor Darby 

Bonnie Wood Stookey 

Helen Watson 

Sophie Stephens Martin S. and W. 

Martha Matthews Hotel Barringer 

Jocelyn Watson Regen Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill 

Kathryn Ferson Barrett Cincinnati Countr\' Club 

Elsetta Gilchrist In Tow n Club 

Janet Runkle The Maramor 

Rachel Lloyd Holton Toledo Woman's Club 

Margaret Posey Brubaker Hamilton Mews — Luncheon 

Jean van Home Baber The Barclay — Tea 

Dorothy Bortz Davis University Club — Luncheon 

Georgia Herbert Hart E\ elyn Cantey's home 



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College news 

Plans for evening at Hug Hardy's for 
alumnae and husbands to see movies 
College news letter 



Mildred Moon 
Montague 
Blanche Fleming 
Joy Carter 



Mary Pinkerton Kerr 

Grizzelle Thomson, 

Lucretia Martin 

Harriet Williams Rand Hotel Jefferson 



Read House 

Peabody Hotel 

The Bright Shawl Junior League 

Tea Room 

"My Hill" Home of Mrs. Beauchamp 

Ames and Brown lev's 



Margaret Eggers 
Nancy Jameson 
.Annabelle Forsch 
Sydney Holmes 
Ernestine White 
Sterling Nettles 
Eleanor Ringer 
Peggy Booth 
Betsy Durham 

Jean Portmann 
Lile Tucker 
Frances Meek 
Patricia Stickney 
Ellzabetii Hartman 
Karen Kniskern 
Betty Lou Girts 

Helen Cantey 
Florence Bngley 



30 Pictures of campus 

6 Kathleen Ward of Sweet Briar faculty attended 
^6 Six faculty guests and Miss Lewis, former 
registrar present 

9 College news 

5 

n 

1 ^ Mothers of present students invited. 
Discussed alumnae club possibilities 

2 1 College movies 

2"* Juliet Tchou, Chinese student, guest. Pictures 

S Plans made for spring meeting 

1 "" College news 

^ College news 

24 Guest, Com. W. J. Robb, British Royal Navy 

20 Dorothy Keller Illff, visiting guest. Election 
of officers 

4 

22 Splendid picture of group taken for papers 



Frances Gregg 8 

Sarah Louise Adams 1 5 



Patriotic motiv e in decorations — blue cloth, 
red goblets and flowers. White china V's 



Penelope Lewis 
Douglas Woods 
Martha Lee Hoffman 
Sally Jackson 
Lucv Call 



Merrlngen Tea Room 
Women's University Club 
Bluefield Countrv Club 



30 Roll call of members — response w Ith class 
— 1910 to 1945 represented 
Report of civilian defense in Richmond by E. 
Taylor Valentine — Talks by Mary Marks 
and Jackie Moore 



Betty Frantz 

Barbara Munter 

Ethel Bowen 

McClaugherty 

Laura Virginia Bobbitt Edgw ood Country Club 

Margaret Glover 

Paddock 



Virginia Moomaw 
Sally Skinner 
Anne Bowen, Betty 
Feuchtenberger 
Anne Mcjunkin 
Katherine Mensing 



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First meeting 
College news 

College news and pictures 

College news, publication and pictures 



If no student representative Is listed, there are none in College this year from that city. 



SWEET B 

ALUMNAE 



R I A R 

NEWS 



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Volume XI 



February, 1942 



Number 2 



Helm H. McMnhon, Editor 



The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Alumua Alt^i/:htr of thf Hoard of Dirt't/ors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

5906 Three Cliopt Road, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Representatives on Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, '15 

21 Foxcroft Road, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Term Expires May, 1943 

Mrs. fosEPH Winston Cox, Jr. 

(Edna Lee, '26) 

525 Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia 

Term Expires May, 1946 

President 

Mrs. Robert H. Sc^nnell 

(Fanny Ellsworth, '21) 

50 Parkway West, Mount Vernon, New York 

First Vice-President 
Gertrude Prior, '29 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Second Vice-President 

Mary Petty Johnston, '40 

40 East 88th Street, New York, New York 

Executive Secretary 

Helen McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chdinmin Alumnae Fund 
Mary V. Marks, '3 5 
S\Ncet Briar, Virginia 



Members of the Council 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Mary Bissell, '17) 

608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Delaware 

Mrs. E. C. Ivey, Jr. 

(Eugenia Cioodall, '25) 

3827 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 

(Elizabeth Prescott, '28) 

1202 Parkway East, Utica, New York 

Mrs E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, 'Kl) 

Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Martha von Briesen, '31 

4436 North Slowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Mrs. Howard Luef 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Dri\c, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 



Contents 



Frontispiece — Mary Helen Cochran Library 

Sweet Briar Honors Mr. Reid 

Alumnae in Defense 

Faith in the Present Collec;e Generation 

h\ Dean Lyiiimi 

Mr. Lancaster Accepts New Position 

P'rom Miss Glass 

The Home Front /pv E. Tnylor Viilentlnr 

Report of the Nomin.aitnc; Committee 

Bishop Tucker, President of the Board 

College Calendar •_ 13 

Current Admission Procedure . . by Brmur Dnikr Lill 14 

Given: Facts and Figures hy Martha von Br'teu-n 15 

"The Quiet Life" by Eva Matthews Sanjorrl 22 

Class Notes 2.5 



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Addresses 

Lack of space forbids printing changes of address in tile magazine. 
Sorry! The alumnae office will gladl)' supply them on request 
accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 

Class Reunions 

There is no change in Commencement ilates this year. June si.xth 
to ninth has been set aside for Commencement activities. Reunions 
are scheduled for 1912, 1917, 1922. 1927, 1932, 1937, and 1941. 
Other classes under the I)i.\ s\steni are welcome. 

For Sale 

China, glass, lithographs and magazine subscriptions. Order through 
the Alumnae Office. Price of iced tea glasses and ash trays advanced. 
Glasses $6.00 per dozen, single glass and ash tray $ .60 each plus 
packing and shipping charge. 







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Mary Heli-.n Cochran Library 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS 



Volume XI 



February, 1942 



Number 2 



Sweet Briar Honors Mr. Reid 

STUDENTS, faculty and friends assembled in the 
Chapel on January nineteenth to pa\' tribute in a 
meniiirial service to Mr. Fergus Reid, beloved friend and 
benefactor of the college. Mr. Reid had been president 
of the Board of Directors since 1933 and a member for 
more than thirty }'ears. 

In her remarks for the college Miss Glass said: "It 
gives me real delight to talk about Mr. Reid and Sweet 
Hriar College because every association with him has 
been marked by something pleasant and something good. 
He believed in the education of women, saw it as some- 
thing for him to cherish, recognized the difficulties. The 
world has long considered — and many persons still do 
consider — the education of men more important than 
that of women, despite the truth of the proverb, 'The 
grace of a wife will delight her husband and her knowl- 
edge will fatten his bones.' 

"And the money of the world is made by men and 
given b\' men and when given by women it is largely 
given on men's advice. In the face of these facts, Fergus 
Reid chose the neglected opportunity. He cared for Sweet 
Briar as one cares who has loved anad watched the growth 
and promoted the welfare of some yoimg person. He 
came on the Board when plans were enmeshed in diffi- 
culties and the college not yet opened. 

"Dr. Carl Grammer, a Director from the first, and 
President of the Board until on his retirement Mr. Reid 
succeeded him, wrote me just after Mr. Reid's death the 
following letter: 

" 'It would be difficult to express what it meant to 
Sweet Briar to have Fergus Reid come tipon its board 
and give us the benefit of his great business ability, his 
clear head, firm will and generous gifts and example. 
The burden on Mr. Manson's shoulders as head of the 
Executive Committee in those days before the election 
of a president was greatly lightened by his confidence, 
which all of us shared, in Fergus Reid's sound judgment. 
He was prudent, but he knew when to take risks. He 
appreciated the wisdom of courage. 

" 'Many an impasse was done awa\' b\ his generous 
proposal to bear a large share of the expense which seemed 
an insurmountable obstacle. It is unnccessar\- to mention 
his large contribution that made possible the building of 
tile dormitory which bears bis name or his munificent gift 
of the library in honor of his mother. Never in my lone 
experience have I known a large giver so free from any 




desire to dominate, or lay down conditions. He had no 
craving for publicity; but he was also entirely free from 
the self-consciousness which makes some givers refuse to 
permit a publicity that would enhance the value of the 
gift. When I was his rector and afterwards, I often 
appealed to him for help for various causes, and was 
never refused. I once asked him to contribute $5,000 to 
a cause, saying that if he would consent I believed I could 
get another $5,000 from another source. He consented 
at once, and then after a pause advised me not to name 
the amount in making such requests. His conception of 
giving was larger than mine. A long experience with 
him might have taught me that. 

" 'But his generosity must not obscure the greatness 
of his contribution to Sweet Briar, in his personal service, 
in his lo\alty to the Board and the different presidents, 
in the courage which he created in the Board h\ their 
reliance on his sound iudgment. He was one of the 
chief pillars of the college's success, once so doubtful and 
now so brilliant. 

" 'I write this tiihute out of a heart full of gratitude 
for his friendship. I have always been proud of having 
brought him on Sweet Briar's Board.' 

"In my own time Mr. Reid's work for the college was 
characterized by the same qualities, and in addition I was 
always conscious, as I think we all have been, of a gra- 



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cious atmosphere that pervaded every meeting he at- 
tended, of the contagious gladness of his service. 

"Board Members often have little opportunity to know 
well the members of the staff and faculty or the students 
in a college. Mr. Reid had few such chances on his visits 
to Sweet Briar, short because of the many calls else- 
where. And vet every casual touch with him, lunch with 
students in the refectorv, a bridge game to pass the hours 
before a late train, left a sense of friendship in addition to 
the sense of dependence which we all felt on him. His 
goodness and his gaiety walked so easily hand in hand. 
His memory is a blend of admiration, gratitude and joy." 

Representing the Board, Mr. Lancaster said: 

"As Executive Secretary of the Board of Overseers of 
Sweet Briar College it was my privilege to work closely 
with Mr. Reid during the last four years of his long 
service of more than thirtv-five years as member, and 
later as President of that Board. I am sure that I voice 
the sentiments of each member of the Board in paying 
tribute to him. 

"I might speak of Fergus Reid as an able business man 
who as cotton broker, head of a great cotton business, 
member of a firm of investment bankers, director of cor- 
porations, civic leader, and vestryman of his church, gave 
<if himself freely to the upbuilding of the City of Norfolk 
and the Commonwealth of Virginia and whose influence 
was felt far beyond the boundaries <if his State. 

"I might speak of him as a man who gave without 
stint of his time, his ability and his means to coimtless 
worthy causes — always so quietly and so unassumingly 
that only those directh' concerned were fully aware of 
what he meant to those interests that he supported and to 
those individuals who were associated with him or who 
benefited by his counsel and his spiritual and material aid. 

"I prefer to dwell upon certain characteristics of his 
spirit and certain deep-seated qualities of his heart that 
flowered in his devotion to those principles upon which 
Sweet Briar College was founded and to the ideals that 
he cherished for the institution. 

"Of all the opportunities for service that came to him, 
I believe that he valued most highly his membership on 
the Board of the College and the position that he occupied 
as its president. 

"Fergus Reid cherished throughout his life his asso- 
ciation with his mother and he revered her memory above 
all else. I have heard him refer to her qualities in terms 
of reverence and devotion. He was convinced that Sweet 
Briar was developing in young women those qualities 
that she possessed, qualities that were his own in large 
measure and that others appreciated in him all the more 
because he seemed so completely unaware that he pos- 
sessed them. He was simple, unassuming, gentle and 



considerate of others (those qualities that so plainly mark 
the gentleman). He was always ready to defer to the 
opinions of others before offering his own suggestions. 
Full of wisdom, yet devoid of pride and arrogance, ever 
ready to serve, he never put himself forward. He was 
generous to a fault both with his means, and in his desire 
to recognize and to reward merit in others. 

"Above all, humorous, friendly, lovable, he was one 
of the most human personalities that ever lived. 

"As the years went by his love for this college, its 
faculty and its students increased. I am sure that I 
speak for each and every one of his associates on the 
Board of Overseers when I say that all of us who love 
Sweet Briar as he did, will ponder his qualities in our 
hearts and attempt to emulate his example." 

Representing the alumnae, Gertrude Prior read ex- 
cerpts from a letter received from Sue Slaughter, '13: 

"I knew him as the fairy god father of my own child- 
hood or as the 'angel' of relief societies in the years since 
I have done social work in Norfolk. Often he met special 
needs beyond the capacity of a social agency, such as 
paying off a mortgage or providing capital for a small 
business, and there were many situations in which he 
jinm'ded regular and substantial assistance to people 
whose pride would have been too much damaged by 
knowing that an organization was helping. 

"His generous financial gifts were made with rare 
graciousness for he always added his thanks at having the 
unusual need brought to his attention. To any expression 
of gratitude he would reply, 'I have more than I need 
and So-and-So has less than he needs. I am only sharing 
with him and don't deserve any thanks.' The fact that 
by his own hard work he had made the fortune he could 
bestow never colored his feeling that he was 'only 
sharing.' 

It seems to me that we Sweet Briar women might 
well adopt this same point of view. We have an obli- 
gation to meet needs wherever we find them and to 
share the gifts we have received, but to give warmly 
and to deem ourselves privileged to share, makes of life 
a gracious and beautiful thing." 

On the platform during the service were representa- 
tives of the various college organizations. In addition to 
Miss Glass and Mr. Lancaster there were Mr. Allen 
Cucullu of Lynchburg and Mr. Rowland Lea of 
Agricola, Virginia, for the Board of Overseers; Professor 
Caroline Sparrow and Professor Hugh S. Worthington 
for the faculty; Miss Gertrude Prior, Sweet Briar, vice- 
president of the Alumnae Association, for that organiza- 
tion; and Miss Eugenia Burnett of Richmond, president 
of the Student Government Association, for the student 
body. 



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Tlie service opened witli the h\niii, "Figlu tlic Good 
Fight," and Ecclesiasticus 47 was read: "In every work 
of his he gave thanks to the Holy One Most High with 
words of glorv; with his whole heart he sang praise, and 
loved Him that made him. Also he set singers before the 
altar, and to make sweet melody by their music. He gave 
comeliness to the feasts, and set in order the seasons." 

From Marcus Aurelius Antonius: "From Maximus I 
learned self-government, and not to be led aside bv any- 
thing; and cheerfulness in all circumstances, as well as 
in illness; and a just admixture in the moral character 
of sweetness and dignity, and to do what was set before 
me without complaining. I observed that everybody 
believed that he thought as he spoke, and that in all that 
he did he never had any bad intention; and he never 
showed amazement and surprise, and was never in a 
hurry, and never put off doing a thing, nor was per- 



plexed nor dejected, nor did he ever laugh to disguise 
his vexation, nor, on the other hand, was he ever pas- 
sionate or suspicious. He was accustomed to do acts of 
beneficence, and was ready to forgive, and was free from 
all falsehood ; and presented the appearancee of a man 
who could not be diverted from right rather than of a 
man who had been improved. I observed, too, that no 
man could ever think that he was despised by Maximus, 
or ever venture to think himself a better man. He had 
also the art of being humorous in an agreeable way." 

R. Vaughn Williams' "For All the Saints" was sung 
by the college chorus and Miss Mary Coleman White 
of Norfolk played as an organ solo the I.argo from 
Dvorak's "New World Symphon)-." The concluding 
prayer was offered by Dr. Wallace E. Rollins, formerly 
dean of the Virginia Theological Seminary and chaplain 
of Sweet Briar College for a number of years. 



Alumnae in Defense 



A last minute survey brought news of alumnae taking a prominent part in civic defense activities 
Details and pictures in addition to new names wi 



Marthn VnlenUne, Academy (Mrs. John H. Cronly), 
Richmond, Virginia. Director of Volunteer Service Bu- 
reau of Richmond, Community Council and Office of 
Civilian Defense. 

Hannah W orkuin '18 (Mrs. Herbert C. Schwab), 
Cincinnati, Ohio. In charge of teaching to senior girl the University League (defense program). 



ppear in the April issue of the .Alumnae News. 

center, East Grand Rapids; director and teacher for 
Junior Red Cross. 

Mary Kerr '26 (Mrs. Edwin Burton), Charlottes- 
ville, Virginia. Chairman of Nurses aide in Charlottes- 
ville; vice chairman of volunteer services; President of 



scouts nutrition and canteen work. Chairman Red 
Cross canteen headquarters. Chairman of all knitting b\' 
Jewish women in Cincinnati. 

Edhh Durrrll '21 (Mrs. Edward C. Marshall), Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. Coordinating first aid courses for girl 
scouts in Cincinnati. 

Virginia Stanl>rr\ '23 (Mrs. T. E. Schneider), 
Atlanta, Georgia. Chairman of Red Cross Nurses .Aid 
Classes, Atlanta. 

Elizabeth Taylor '23 (Mrs. Fred S. Valentine), 
Richmond, Virginia. Chairman of V^olunteer Service 
Bureau of the Richmond Community Council and the 
Civilian Defense office of Volunteers. 

Kathryn Klnriiph '24 (Mrs. PVederick T. McGuire, 
Jr.), Cleveland, Ohio. Chairman of R.-ulio publicit\' for 
Blood Donor service in Cleveland. 

Virginia Burke '25 (Mrs. James K. Miller, Jr.), 



Laura Roynton '27 (Mrs. J. Mott Rawlings), El 
Paso, Texas. Chairman of the El Paso Volunteer Ser- 
vice Bureau, the Civilian Defense V^ilunteer office and 
a member of the Defense Recreation council. 

Elsrtta Gilchrist '27, Cleveland, Ohio. C. D. V. O. 
chairman for three villages, Parma, Parma Heights and 
North Royalton — adjacent to main airport and larsre 
reservoirs. 

Martha von Briesm '31, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Chairman of training course committee for C. D. V. O. 

Edith Railry '32 (Mrs. Edward S. Dabney), Lex- 
ington, Kentucky. Chairman of shipping and packing 
Bundles for Britain. Placement Committee C. D. V. O. 

Barbara Godfrey '40, Annapolis, Maryland. Chair- 
man of First -Aid for W^omen's Volunteer services and 
Defense .Activities. Red Cross First .Aid Instructor 
(teaching four courses). Vice chaiinian Red Cross 



Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chairman of Speakers Bureau Motor Corps. 

for Red Cross in Grand Rapids and Kent County. Mary Petty Johnston '40, New York, New York. 

Martha Close '26 (Mrs. Lowell B. Page), Grand Teaching classes and training workers in .Aircraft Warn- 

Rapids, Michigan. Organizer and chairman of sewing ins: service. 



Alumnae News 



Faith in the Present College Generation 



By Dean Marv Ely Lyman 



NUMEROUS articles have appeared in magazines 
and newspapers in recent months expressing criti- 
cal judgments upon the youth of today because they do 
not seem to their elders to be facing their responsibilities 
in the present crisis with sufficient determination and grit. 
Many college teachers are alarmed lest they fail to stir 
their students quickly enough to realize the dangers ahead. 
Public officials are expressing themselves as concerned 
about the leadership of the country after the war because 
of the apathy today of those who will have to carry that 
leadership. I write to affirm faith in the present college 
generation. This faith has come out of association with 
students in an office which naturally involves many con- 
ferences with them on the relation between the college 
course and hfe-plans. 

Let us grant at the outset that there is bewilderment 
in the minds of students today. Faith in their purpose 
to serve their generation with unselfish devotion would 
be falsely based if it assumed the absence of such confusion. 
If there is any one impression that comes to one who 
listens daily to the youth of today as they share their 
questionings, their doubts, their fears, and their hopes, it 
is this: that they, with their elders, are floundering in deep 
waters; that the confusion and chaos of the world is 
reflected in their mental processes; and they, like their 
parents and teachers, need to push beyond the irration- 
ality of the present into sanity and reason and planfulness 
and order. 

No one denies that this confusion characterizes our 
age, but we do not often stop to think of the fact that if 
the older generation came into it gradually, the present 
student generation was born and nurtured in it, and has 
never, in all its life had a chance at a stable and ordered 
environment. The present 
college Junior was born, if 
her age corresponds with 
the average for her class, in 
1922, in an era of false 
prosperity when the slogan 
of her country was not ser- 
vice to humanity, but "back 
to normalcy." And nor- 
malcy meant economic pros- 
perity for the few, the build- 
ing up of big business again, 
and the chance for private 
fortunes to mount to fabu- 




lous figures while the great social problems of our coiuitry 
remained unsolved. When our Junior was a tiny child, 
her country was absorbed in material comfort and eco- 
nomic success. Lawlessness took on glamour because 
respectable people made it a joke to evade the prohibition 
laws. She heard little talk of denying herself for her 
countr\'s good, and her elders were not thinking as 
they are today of how necessary sacrifice is for the wel- 
fare of all. 

^Vhen our Junior was six or seven years old there 
came the colossal breakdown of the whole economic 
fabric of her life. The material pre-occupations of the 
previous years had given neither her nor her parents 
much spiritual preparation for the complete reorganiza- 
tion of life that many families had to make. But wider 
than her family's phght was the plight of the nations, 
for the collapse of 1929 was followed by years of world- 
wide economic chaos, and forces of disorder that had 
been smouldering during the years of specious order now 
burst into flame. During her most impressionable years, 
those years when she was attending grammar and sec- 
ondary school, our Junior was in an atmosphere of un- 
rest and the imminence of war. During all this time, the 
natural reaction of her elders against war had led them 
to teach her that war must never come again. Peace 
societies flourished because the war to end all wars was 
over, and such a debacle must never be repeated. 

Now our student comes to college and in her Fresh- 
man year the European conflict so long threatened be- 
comes a reality. In December of her Junior year, her 
own country is attacked and takes its place among the 
embattled nations. Is it strange that she does not know 
exactly how to view this changing panorama of events? 

Should we think of her as 
recreant if she cannot at 
once reconcile the contra- 
dictions in the teaching she 
has received and with elas- 
tic swiftness find herself in 
tlie new conceptions of dut\' 
that the new situation thrusts 
upon her? 

Last summer my daugh- 
ter received a letter from a 
high-school friend of hers, 
which ran something like 
this: "Aren't you all mixed 



Ffhrunry, 19-12 



up: Don't \iin rcnumlu-r Ikiw tlK\ tolil us in IhltIi 
schc">l that tluTi- must never he a war again. Now they 
are telh'ng us that we must get in and help the war as 
hard as we can. I don't see how the ethics can change 
over night. Either the\- were wrong before or they arc 
wrong no\\-. What do )(>u think r" This ina\' not repre- 
sent maturit\ of thought, hut at least it represents a sin- 
cere attempt to find oneself m I'elation to conflicting 
ethical claims, and those of us who attempt to help stu- 
dents now must, if we are to be effective at all, have a 
basic understanding of how confusing the whole picture 
has been for them from the beginning of their li\ts 
until now. 

To imderstand this background of life that is the 
common possession of college students today is to sym- 
pathize with their need to adjust their thought before 
the\- can manifest a complete and whole-hearted response 
to the new demands, ^^''hat the office of teachers and 
parents is today may not seem quite so stereotyped and 
simple as if these considerations were not present. To go 
beneath the surface is never as easy as to stir the top 
layer of emotion. But sympathy with the underlying 
motives and needs of the present student generation is a 
pre-requisite for any effective helpfulness with them in 
their difficult problems as to how to order their lives in 
the face of needs of our day. 

If confusion has to be recognized as the common 
denominator of student thinking, upon what do I base 
my faith in the present student generation? I base it 
upon the idealism that is unmistakable in the will and 
purpose of the majority. The social philosophy is often 
not worked out to completion ; the religious creed has 
not found its full formation, but the fundamental pur- 
pose to work them out and find one's way is revealed 
over and over again. The desire to help, to find some 
way to usefulness, some technique by which one cm 
start taking hold is shared over my desk day after da\'. 
"How can I help?" is the commonest question asked. 
One student comes to the office to ask if she may carry 
dining-room service as a waitress for a semester and 
allow the stipend to go to her friend whose financial 
situation has been made precarious b\ the war. Another 



comes to say she must leave college because her family 
needs her, and I ask her, "Do you want to go?" and 
the tears come to her eyes. "No, I want nothing so 
much as to sta)." Perhaps a little brother is coming on 
and needs the money for his education. Perh.aps the 
mother is depending on her daughter for coin'age to 
:.*;ind the separat'on from a soldier husband. Perhaps it 
is just th.it the u'ar has hit the family budget so hard 
that the resources are no longer available. But whatever 
it is, she rises to meet her end of the responsibility, and 
does it without complaint. No doubt some students 
whose instant feeling that the giving up of college is the 
right thing to do should be persuaded to stay; should be 
shown that their best contribution lies in a soimd educa- 
tional foundation for future leadership. But the will and 
the purpose to sacrifice individual goods for the sake of 
others is revealed again and again in such conversations 
and is the basic foundation for my hope .ind confidence 
in the future leadership of these girls. 

That gmdance is needed for them now, no one can 
deny. To help them to make these decisions with intel- 
ligent and far-.sighted wisdom is the role of teachers and 
counsellors. No doubt there are gaps to be filled in. A 
minority probably do need to be aroused to the unselfish 
purposes that the majority alread\' possess. I knt)W that 
the majorit\' are still groping and need much help in 
the finding of the best and most intelligent wa\' to be of 
help. Probably few of them realize how great the 
sacrifices are that may be needed. But nothing can shake 
m\ faith that if the present student generation can be 
helped to discover hoiv to help, they will be ready to 
• take that way. That faith has been built not merely on 
theories ;ibout human beings in general, but on the more 
concrete foundation of a good many talks with individual 
students about how in their own personal and individu.il 
situations they can find a wa\- to be most useful. .As far 
as their light goes, they arc ready to follow. Let us who 
are older help them, with s\mpathy and understanding 
for their pi-oblems, to increase that light. If we do so, 
I for one am read\- to prophesy that they will not shrink 
fi^om the suffering they will have to undergo in becoming 
the liirht <if the future world. 



Mr. Lancaster Accepts New Position 

Sweet Bri.ir alumnae will learn with regret that the ment of tile Carter Glass Chaii' of Government and in 
resignation of Mr. I)abiie\ S. Lancaster, executive score- last year's campaign for Capital endowment anil a new 
tary to the Board of Overseers, has been received by the building. .Alumnae who had the privilege of know- 
college. Governor Darden has appointed Mr. Lancaster ing .Mr. Lancaster and his famih' will long re- 
Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of member the cordial atmosphere of their home on 
V^irginia. Mr. Lancaster served as executive secretary the campus which was always open to students and 
from February 1937 to January 1942 and during that faculty, alumnae and friends of the college, ^\'e 
time he contributed in many ways to the welfare of the extend good washes to him in his arduous anil im- 
college. He aided materially in the pl.ins and establish- portant work for the state. 



Aho 



Ne 



From 'JhCiss Glass — 

\'o\\x erev-haired president was eventually this young 
woman. She learned to talk that wa}' from a native of 
a countryside that had recently developed an artists' com- 
munity. The venerable lady used to say, with a sweep of 
her hand, "These studios was eventually barns." This 
statement seems in some illogical way to set up a con- 
tinuity and an interrelation that would be entirely lost 
without the time clash of that verb and that adverb. In 
the present year I am very conscious of that continuity 
when I was eventually — 

I am sure that what you most want to know about 
Sweet Briar this month is how national, international, 
and, especially, educational trends are affecting her. I 
give vou a scoop on a page that will appear in the 1 942- 
43 catalogue. 

Special Adjuptments for War Time Needs 

"In 1940-41 an Emergency Service Committee com- 
posed of students, faculty, and community members was 
organized to guide activities undertaken because of the 
state of the world. It had a sub-committee guiding the 
amount and character of relief work done in addition to 
the general local and distant relief projects that Sweet 
Briar normalh' supports — Red Cross sewing and knitting, 
First Aid course. World Student Service Fund, British, 
Chinese and other relief funds. Another sub-committee 
sponsored a student discussion group meeting every two 
weeks. Another guided a student-faculty group studying 
forms of the peace organization. All three were geared 
to utilize the discussion hour arranged for outside lectures 
after their public addresses, and also to arrange programs 
through which the activities of the sub-committees were 
share d with the whole community by meetings and by 
newspaper articles. A sub-committee on Health and 
Physical Fitness sought to promote activity in this sphere 
in addition to the program of physical education already 
established. 

This Emergency Service Committee continued active 
in 1941-42, and has added Civilian Defense Activities to 
the former programs. It will continue in 1942-43. 

In 1940 one new course was introduced into the cur- 
riculum, Studies in The Present Crisis, for juniors and 
seniors, cutting across departments and given by a group 
of faculty members. This course was given again in 1941- 
42 and is announced for 1942-43. In 1941-42 a new 
course in Nutrition was given and this is announced for 
1942-43. Also for the second semester of 1941-42 a 
new course, designed especially for sophomores and fresh- 
man. Evaluation of The Neivs, is being given by Profes- 
sor Sparrow. For 1942-43 two new courses will be 




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oft'ered in mathematics. Mathematical Survey and a sec- 
ond semester of Statistics. 

The choice of topics and projects in seminars and lab- 
oratories has been influenced by present conditions and 
many courses have revealed their pertinence to the pres- 
ent scene without having to he changed. 

Specific extra-curricular training, without academic 
credit, arranged for the second semester of 1941-42, in- 
cludes instruction at Sweet Briar in stenography and type- 
writing, and in mechanical drawing, a First Aid course, 
and a course in Home Nursing. A course in elementary 
Technique, given bv the Biology Department, will be 
added in September, 1942, as ma\' other courses that may 
seem by that time both desirable and feasible. 

To facilitate acceleration of education where that need 
exists — especially for \'oung women planning to undergo 
long-time professiinal training to meet the need for in- 
creased personnel in many professions — Sweet Briar will 
accept credit from other recognized institutions, especially 
from the extended sumnur sessions being arranged in 
many universities and colleges to carry on work of the 
same standard as during the academic year. This has 
seemed a wiser procedure than for Sweet Briar, in its 
location and for its widch' drawn students, to establisli 



February, 1942 



summer work on the campus. It will be possible for a 
student to accelerate by as much as nine months. 

The college keeps in mind that undergraduate students 
in the present situation are serving their country in con- 
tinuing at the highest level their foundational education, 
as long as they can be spared to stay in college, and also 
that they are, during this time, citizens with the same 
obligations that other citizens have in addition to their 
regular work. Hence ther academic work is safe-guarded, 
and also they take part in all the volunteer work, both in 
seeking new skills and in participating in community 
activity, that they can accomplish on the basis of sound 
work in the main job, sound work in the volunteer job, 
and the maintenance of good health and good morale." 



War work has taken some of our staff from the farm, 
frim the carpenters' shop, from the kitchen, from the 
administration — the Superintendent of Buildings and 
Grounds — and from the faculty — Dr. Finley. We are 
carrying on while we seek others to take up this work. 

I am still the chairman of the Committee on Women 
in College and Defense of the National Committee on 
Education and Defense and I am endeavoring to have 
gathered information pertinent to present college pro- 
grams and to get it published and distributed. I too knit 
and I am beginning to home-nurse. My days, like yours, 
are not long enough. Find time to write us here any 
devices by which you stretch them and keep yourself 
intact. 



The Home Front 



WHERE the concussion of high explosives shakes the 
earth and sea, where men impose death and die — 
there is our military front. But in this conflict the civilian 
front is in ever}' commimity and in every home. Men, 
women and children have work to do and sacrifices to 
make in order to hold this line. As varied and as important 
as the armed services is the work that is the responsibility 
of every woman. Every thinking woman is taking stock of 
her time and talents and is offering her services with her 
head and her heart. 

Graduates of a liberal arts college are peculiarly well 
prepared to help in the present program. They have been 
disciplined by mental and moral training. They have been 
taught to inform and orient themselves, and to take a 
straight course in the direction of their convictions. 

Beginning with the premise that we cannot "suspend 
iiur way of living in order to defend it" women must first 
of all endeavor to make the home a self-sustaining unit. 
Health and fitness must be emphasized. We can enroll 
in nutrition classes and become more proficient in deter- 
mining food values, in meal planning and in producing 
energy. AVe can then learn Home Hygiene in order to 
take care of our own sick if necessary. Many alumnae are 
already serving on civic and welfare boards. If possible, 
this work should not be abandoned for it is necessary for 
our home defense. However, should time permit, we 
should seek training, or give training in those fields that 
have developed due directly to the war. 

Camps are mushrooming sections of our country with 
all their network of problems. The Office of Civilian De- 



fense in numerous places through the work of women has 
established a Civilian Defense Office for Volunteers. This 
bureau acts as a clearing house for all volunteer service — 
civic, welfare, and soldier's service since all are inter- 
related. In some instances where Community Chest 
Councils had already set up a Volunteer Service Bureau 
for work in social welfare agencies, the Defense Councils 
have borrowed the bureau and made it a part of the 
Office of Civilian Defense. Such an office is sponsored by 
the established organizations in the city, and directed by 
a board of representative men and women. Here, volun- 
teers experienced in personnl work, and familiar with the 
needs of the community, interview and place other vol- 
unteers in jobs for which they arc best suited. Through 
existing organizations, such as the Red Cross, the Home 
Economics Association, the Department of Public Safety 
and others, training courses are offered. 

We can register with the Civilian Defense Office for 
Volunteers. There we indicate the time we can give, list 
our capabilities and take our training. If our community 
has no such office, perhaps we can approach the local 
authorities and help them in organizing one. A manual 
guide for this work, based on the experience of others 
can be secured, free of charge, from the Office of Civilian 
Defense, Washington, D. C. 

"Sweet Briar lu'ges every alumna wherever she lives, 
whatever her training to volunteer where she can be of 
most service, to further equip herself with a mastery of 
subjects needed now and to use that equipment to teach- 
ing and training others." 

Eliz.abeth Taylor Valentine 



Elizabeth Taylor Valentine is chairman of the Volunteer Service 
Office of Volunteers. — Editor. 



Bureau of the Richmond Community Council and the Civilian Defense 



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Alumnae News 



Report of the Nominating Committee 

The Nominating Commttce of the Sweet Briar Ahimnae Association presents tlu- following slate for 
your approval. ^Ve have attempted to select a group of representative ahminae, well diversified geographi- 
cally and by classes. 

Additional nominations may he sent to the Ahminae Secretary within four (4) weeks after the publi- 
cation of the February Alumnae News if accompanied by fifteen (15) signatures of members together with 
the written consent of the nominee, according to the revised constitution adopted in June, 1941. 

Section 3. Each member shall vote for eighteen (18) of the nominees to serve on the council. Each 
member shall indicate her preference for president and vice-president. The nominee for each office receiving 
the largest number of votes shall be elected. (Other candidates will serve as members of the coimcil.) 

Candidates tor the Alumnae Council 



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Mar\ Clark, Academy, (Mrs. (Jhr- 
ence Bloss Rogers) ^ 200 Mont- 
gomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta, 
Georgia. 

Though at Sweet Briar only one year, Mary 
lias continued to be vitally concerned about 
the college, serving as an officer of the Pitts- 
burgh alumnae club from 1924 to 1929 and 
as Atlanta chairman of tlie college campaign 
in 1941. Writing, collecting antiques and 
mapsi, a study of politics and government 
liave been combined with active participation 
in many civic projects in Kentucky, Pennsyl- 
vania and Georgia. Mary has found time for 
Liberty Loan Drives, Red Cross, Community 
Chest, the Florence Crittenden Home, the 
Curtis Home for Girls, The Faith Home and 
Pennsylvania Home for Children as well as 
the Kindergarten Committee of the Sheltering 
Arms Day Nursery, the Italian Mission and 
the Lawrenceville day nursery. 

\/^Alma Booth, Ml {Mrs. Harry B. 
Tn\lor)y University, Virginia. 

Alma Booth, one of the six graduates of 
Sweet Briar's second class, was the first grad- 
uate whose daughter also received her degree 
(Helen, a graduate In 1940, now a student in 
the medical school at the University of Vir- 
ginia). Alma's college days were filled to the 
brim. In her Freshman year she was vice- 
president of her classi, and president during the 
Junior year. She served as a member of the 
Y. W. C. A. cabinet, vice-president and presi- 
dent of the .Athletic Association, a member of 
the executive committee of Student Govern- 
ment and literary editor of the Briar Patch. 
Since her marriage, Alma and her family have 
divided time between China, North Carolina, 
New York and Virginia. Her husband, a doc- 
tor at St. James HospItaU .\nking, China, is 
there now (no families allowed) and Alma 
with the children call the University of Vir- 
ginia their temporary home. Her busy life Is 
taken up with church and community affairs 
and she finds time always for Sweet Briar 
where she has many old friends and until 
recently a student daughter. 



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uth Maurice, '14 (Mrs. E. S. Gor- 
rell)y Lake Forest, Illinois. 

While a student at Sweet Briar, Ruth was 
vice-president of Paint and Patches, active In 
various phases of athletics, editor of the Briar 
Patch and May Queen. She has maintained 
her Interest in the college as class secretary 
for many years, as a class fund agent, as a 
worker in the 1928 campaign and as president 
of the Indianapolis alumnae club for several 
years. A clinical pathologist, she had her own 
laboratory from 1916 to 1921 and later she 
owned a book shop for several years. Ruth 
was active in the Junior League of New York], 
Boston and Indianapolis from 1914 to 1932. 
Her family — Edgar S. Gorrell, Jr., age 
eleven. 

ary Bissell, '17 (Mrs, Earl Rid- 
lrr)y Wilmington, Delaware. 

Polly's active career begun at Sweet Briar 
has continued throughout the years. A wide 
range claimed her interest In college, German 
Club, House President, Y. W. C. A. Cabinet, 
Business Manager of the Briar Patch, Presi- 
dent of her class and Treasurer of Student 
Government. Following graduation from 
Sweet Briar, Polly became a chemist for the 
city of Cleveland In the analytical laboratory. 
After two years there she became a chemist for 
the Grasselll Chemical Company. Since her 
marriage in 1922 she h.-ks been active in the 
Parent-Teachers' Association, Girl Scouts, the 
Window Box Garden Club of Cleveland and 
Treasurer of the Wilmington Branch of the 
A. A. U. W. She organized the alumnae club 
of Wilmington, after moving there with her 
husband and four children in 1936. Polly's 
family consists of Jean, seventeen, a freshman 
at Sweet Briar Bill and Tumi, twins who are 
fcturteen and Ann, age thirteen. She has been 
a valuable member of the alumnae council for 
the past two years. 

Cornelia Carroll, '18 (Mrs. K. N. 



Gardner), Norfolk, Virginia. 



while in college Cornelia was president of 
her class, the Athletic Association and the Col- 
lege Club. After graduation she taught En- 
glish, History and Latin at the New London 



Academy; Chatham Hall; and at the Trade 
School, Manila, P. I. Being a wife of a naval 
officer has meant keeping on the move for 
many years but she writes "ashore now to 
stay!" In addition to her daughter, Frances, 
age sixteen, Cornelia counts people her avoca- 
tion, those she can help (welfare), those she 
can enjoy (through study groups) and those 
with whom she plays (golf, bridge, etc.). She 
finds time too for the Mothers' Group of a 
Scout troopi, a study club, civic music associa- 
tion. Navy Relief and the Red Cross. She is 
a life member of the Alumnae Association and 
has been fund agent for her class. 

Ruth Fiske, '22 (Mrs. Charles Stee- 
gar), Mount Vernon, New 
York. 

In college Ruth divided her interests be- 
tween the Y. W. C. A. of which she was vice- 
president and later president, and dramatics as 
a member of the Merry Jesters. Her business 
life since college has been occupied with li- 
brary work — her job, Chief of the Circulation 
Department of the Mount Vernon, New York 
Public Library. She has continued her major 
field interest by volunteer work in welfare 
oganizattons, the Community Chest and the 
Women's Welfare Division of the American 
Legion. 

-Louisa Newkirk, '23 (Mrs. JVil- 
Ham Hill Strrhle), Philadelpiiia, 
Pen}is\lvan'ia. 

L^ndergraduate activities: 

Secretary Freshman Class. 

Y. W. C. A. Committee for planning recre- 
ation for waitresses 1 919-1921. 

Y. W. C. A. Cabinet 1920-1922. 

Merry jesters dramatic club, 1919-1923. 

Internntlonal Relations Club 1920-1922. 

College Council 1921-1922. 

\'^ice-presldentl, Paint and Patches, 1921- 
1922. 

Treasurer Student Government, 1922-1923. 

Daughter: Louisa Maris, age six. 

OrgatiizatioTis and cluhs : 

Member of Board of Southern Home for 
Destitute Children. 



*WiUing to serve as President. 
**Willing to serve as Vice-President. 



February, 1942 



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Member of Board of Home for Incurables. 

Member of Board of University Settlement 
House. 

Membt-r uf Bonrd of Children's Dental 
Clinic. 

Member of Board of Maternity Ward of 
University Hospital. 

Member, League of Women Voters. 

Vice-President Sweet Briar Alumnae Asso- 
ciation 1926-192S. 

Tresldent, Philadelphia Alumnae Club. 

^Kathcrinc Zcucli, 'li (Mrs, Burton 
K. Forstcr) y Knoxvilk', Ten- 
nessee. 

'K.. Z." left Sweet Briar to attend the Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin in her Junior year. We 
hoped she couldn't stay away and we're glad 
to say that she did return to graduate \vith 
her class. Since college Kay has been a sub- 
agent for the alumnae fund, Sweet Briar day 
chairman in 1932 and is at present represent- 
ative for Sweet Briar in Knoxvllle. In addi- 
tion to her chief interests, her daughters — 
Anne, eleven and Judith, five — Kay finds time 
for Red Cross, welfare work, and Is on the 
board of St. John's Orphanage. 

Grace Merrick, '24 {Mn. John 
Twohy, II), Norfolk, Virginia. 

The Briar Patch described Grace as "ener- 
getic with a snap to the things she does." 
This characteristic has carried through from 
very full college days complete with riding, 
hockey, dramatics, glee club and work on the 
Briar Patch. Her interests since college have 
been wide and constructive. They include 
Parent-Teachers' Association, secretary and 
chairmanship of the Day Nursery intermit- 
tently from 1928-1942; Red Cross Board, 
Children's Entertainment Bureau, the Board 
of the Norfolk Museum, the Turney Home for 
Boys, The Children's Theatre and Voung Peo- 
ple's Symphony, the Women's Board of the 
Leigh Memorial Hospital and Council of 
Social Agencies. In addition she lias served 
as secretary and president of the Norfolk 
Junior League and from 1939-1941 was re- 
gional director of Region HI which includes 
Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vir- 
ginia. Grace has maintained her interest in 
Sweet Briar as president of the Tidewater 
alumnae club for several years and by frequent 
visits on campus with her husband and chil- 
dren^ John, sixteen, Patricia, eleven, and Ed- 
ward, seven. 

Wanda Jcnsch, '26 (Mrs. Weltou 
^ W, Harris), Wilmington, Del- 



Taking on another job for Sweet Briar is 
an old story to Wanda, who was secretary and 
treasurer and later president of the New York 
alumnae club. Since moving to Wilmington, 
she has been president of that club and assisted 
Polly RIdlcr on the campaign for building and 
endowment In 1 94 1 . Before her marriage, 
Wanda did child placement work for the Wis- 
consin State Board of Control and for Chil- 
dren's Aid in St. Louis. Since then, she has 
continued welfare work as a volunteer and 
has served for the past three years on the 
board of the nursery school sponsored by the 



Trinity Episcopal Church of Wilmington. 
Music, her small soni, Welton, Jr., age five 
and Sweet Briar arc Wanda's extra-curricular 
interests. 



Elsitta Gilchrist, '27, CIcvl-I.tikI, 
Ohio. 

Though Bebe Insists that she did "practi- 
cally nothing" in college, perusal of the Briar 
Patch re\'eals iier name in ''practically" every 
known activity. Through her job as consultant 
landscape architect for the college, class sec- 
retaryship for five years and membership on 
alumnae committees, she has made frequent 
visits to the campus. An active member of the 
Cleveland alumnae club for many years, she 
has also been' president and Sweet Briar day 
chairman. Since acquiring her Master's degree 
In Landscape Architecture at Smith, Bebe has 
been a member of the firm of Champlin, Gil- 
christ and Kissack In Cleveland. Her profes- 
sional interests have led quite naturally to 
active p.irticipation in the C'>arden Centre of 
Cleveland, the Junior League Garden Club 
and to w riting horticultural articles for pro- 
fessional magazines. After her brother left 
with the army last March, Bebe assumed active 
management of the two-hundred-acre farm. 
When asked what her "particular Interests" 
were, the wrote, "the farm, Sweet Briar, the 
family, a professional oflice and civilian de- 
fense leave little time since Pearl Harbor for 
skiing, riding, photography and sketching 
which in the past were favorites for leisure 
time." 

I^occlyn Watson, '28 (Mrs. Kelsey 
Regen), Durham, North Caro- 
lina. 

Jocelyn's college record shows a distin- 
guished career which culminated in the presi- 
dency of student go\ernment. She was presi- 
dent of her class her Freshman and Junior 
years, Sophomore house president and Treas- 
urer of student government In her Junior 
year. As the wife of a minister Jocelyn leads 
a busy life taken up with her family, Jon and 
Margot, and church and community. She finds 
time too for Red Cross), the garden club, 
woman's club, community chest drives and the 
Junior League. For so long the Regens lived 
in a community where there were no other 
Sweet Briar alumnae, but In Durham there is 
a fine group and the alumnae office soon urged 
Jocelyn to act as chairman of Sweet Brinr day 
this year for Durham and Chapel Hill. 

Ruth Hasson, '30 (Mrs. Jo/in S. 
Smith), Pittsburgh, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Her home, small daughter, Mary Kirkpal- 
rlck, music, books and a "little dirt garden- 
ing" are listed as Ruth's chief interests at 
present. She also contributes generously of her 
time and energy to the \. W. C. .A., Com- 
munity Chest drives. Red Cross, the Pittsburgh 
Symphony and her Church. She worked for 
two years at the West Pennsylvania Hospital 
and has been a member of the Junior Board 
of the Children's Hopsital for twelve years. 
In addition. Ruth has found time to serve as 
secretary and later as president of the Pitts- 
burgh alumnae club. 



Mary Huntington, '3u (Mrs. Ed- 
mund W . Harrison), Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. 

While at Sweet Briar Mary took an active 
part In the Athletic Association, dramatics, 
History and German cluba, the Sweet Briar 
Netci and the New Voters League. After 
college she worked one year as Psychnmetrist 
in a New York institution, for two years as 
a substitute teacher and later organized the 
tiles for the Associated Charities in Rome, 
New York. She has been most interested and 
active in the theatre group of the Junior 
League, serving as chairman of the Players 
and as a member of the Board of the Cin- 
cinnati League. In 1937-1938 Mary was a 
member of the woman's symphony committee, 
the summer opera and for the past four years 
a member of the Civic Neighborhood Council. 
.As past president of the Cincinnati Alumnae 
Club, fund agent for her class and member of 
the Alumnae council, Mary continues to find 
time for Sweet Briar. She has three children, 
Ruth, seven and a half, Henry Huntington, 
five, and Edith, seven months. 

1/Emma C. Riely, 'M), Richmond, 
Virginia. 

In college Emma's extra curricular activities 
Included participation In Paint and Patches 
productions, French cluh, International Rela- 
tions Club, the New Voters League and the 
Y. W. C. A. Her secretarial career has In- 
cluded such Interesting assignments as that of 
secretary to Ambassador Bullitt in Paris In 
1 938-1 939, secretary to the publicity director 
of "Taft for President club" in Washington 
1939-1940, and since then she has been In the 
Board of Education offices in Richmond. Since 
her return to Richmond, Emma has worked 
on Community Fund and Red Cross drives, 
has been a member of the Richmond Chapter 
of Federal Unions the Junior Board of Vir- 
ginia Home for Incurables and the Junior 
League all of which provide opportunity for 
cooperation in working f.ut community prob- 
lems. 

*Martha von Briesen, '.31, Milwau- 
kee, Wisconsin. 

Untiergraduate activitifs : 

Reporter Stvcct Briar News 1928-1929. 

French Club 1929-1930. 

German Club 1929-1930. 

Editor, S'.ceet Briar News 1929-1930, 1930- 
1931. 

Business Manager, Briar Patch. 

Post graduate activities: 

Class secretary for Alumnae News 1937- 
1942. 

Publlcltv chairman for .Alumnae Fund 1934- 
1938. 

Member .Alumnae Fund comlttce 1939-1940. 

President Milwaukee club. 

Member of .Alumnae Council 1940-1942. 

Division chairman for college campaign, 
1941. 

Graduate Work: 

M. .A. Radcliffe, 1933 (French Literature). 

Cluhs and Organizations: 

Girl Scout troop leader. 

Community Fund solicitor I935-I938. 



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Alumnae News 



Community Fund district commander 1939. 

Member Executive Board, Junior League of 
Milwaukee. 

News slieet editor for Junior League of 
Milwaukee. 

Chairman of Training Course Committee 

for C. D. V. O. 

ArticU-s published in the Szicel Briar Alum- 
nae News; 

Plans for the Alumnae Fqnd, 193+. 

Introducing Gert Prior, 1935. 

European Motoring Made Easy, 1935. 

Glimpses of Commencement, 1936. 

The Fund Enters Its Fourth Year, 1936. 

The Library and How It Grew, 1937. 

."Muninae Returning for Commencement. 

The Junior League Magazine — They Shall 
Have Music. 

Iiii£resis: 

Writing, photography, gardening, music, 
travel. 

/ Mary Moore Pancake, '32, Staun- 
ton, Virginia. 

"Flappy" led a very busy life in college, was 
president of her class, House president, on the 
Briar Patch staff and president of Tau Phi, 
Head of Athletic Association and chairman of 
May Day. For three years after graduation 
she was the executive alumnae secretary at 
Mary Baldwin College. Then followed a year 
at New York University where she obtained 
her M.S. degree in retail merchandising be- 
fore becoming an assistant in the personnel 
office of B. .'\ltman where she remained for 
four years. Flappy is now a reporter and social 
editor for the Staunton papers. She also finds 
time for A. A. U. W., is group production 
chairman for the Red Cross and treasurer of 
the Staunton chapter. Music, reading and golf 
fill leisure moments and few of these at 
present. 

Jean Van Home, '33 (Mrs, Mal- 
colm Baher) y Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. 

Jean has been the energetic president of 
the Philadelphia alumnae club for the past 
four years. She has qualified as an Alumnae 
Representative on Admissions, representing 
Sweet Briar at college days in and near Phila- 
delphia. She has also been active \n the Phila- 
delphia branch of the American Association of 
University Women as librarian, editor of the 
bulletin and corresponding secretary. Jean's 
particular interests are people, interior decor- 
ating, history, travel and horses. 

%/ Elizabeth Bond, '34 (Mrs. Ernest 
M. Wood, Jr.) , Lynchburg, 

Virginia. 

Jackie, a class secretary for two years, vice- 
president and Sweet Briar day chairman for 
the Lynchburg club has kept in close touch 
with the college by frequent visits to the cam- 
pus. In college her special interests included 
the English club, the Social committee and 
various activities of the athletic association, 
particularly swimming. Few Lynchburg civic 
projects have failed to list Jackie as an ener- 
getic and efficient worker. She sponsored a 
Brownie scout troup for two years, worked on 
the Communitv Chest and Red Cross for iive 



years and has been active In A. A. U. W. and 
the Service League. Her son, gardening, dog 
raising, the Point of Honor Day Nursery in 
Lynchburg, Spanish and bridge are her chief 
interests now. 



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onnie J. Burwell, '34, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

In college Connie was a member of L'AUi- 
ance Francaise and the German Club, House 
president and a member of the executive com- 
mittee of Student Government. After college, 
she continued her academic career, won the 
Graham Kenan Fellowship In Philosophy at 
the University of North Carolina in 1934- 
1935 where she received her Master's degree. 
She spent the following year at North Caro- 
lina, after which she spent a year at Heidel- 
berg and Berlin, completing her work and 
her return to America Connie taught for one 
semester at North Carolina and has been on 
the faculty of Queens College In Charlotte for 
the past three years. 

C. D. V. O., Red Cross, lecturing on cur- 
rent events. Junior League and the Mint 
Museum of Art In Charlotte absorb Connie's 
time outside of college duties. 

Nancy Biitzner, '34 (Mrs. Byrd S. 
Leavell)y University, Virginia. 

Nancy's wide spread interests found her 
allied w ith many organizations in college. 
She was secretary and later vice-president of 
the Y. W. C. A., vice-president of the German 
Club and a member of Paint and Patches tak- 
ing part in many plays. From I93+-1936 she 
taught at the Boonsboro School in Boonsboro, 
Virginia, and the follow ing year she taught 
science and directed student publications in the 
high school at Alexandria, Virginia. Her 
career was given up in favor of marriage 
which brought her to the University where 
her husband is a physician in the University 
Hospital. 

Gary Burwell, '35 (Mn. Fnmch E. 
Carter, Jr.), Baltimore, Mary- 
land. 

Cary played a prominent p;irt In student 
activities at Sweet Briar having been secretary- 
treasurer of the church committee, assistant 
business manager of the Brambler, librarian 
for the Glee Club, a member of the Briar 
Patch staff and Y. W. C. A. cabinet, and 
president of the Athletic Association. Con- 
tinued interest since college has found Cary 
as a basketball and hockey official for Balti- 
more private schools, a counselor at Camp 
Alleghany for Girls, a First Aid and Life 
Saving Instructor, and assistant supervisor of 
Recreation in Anne Arundel County, Mary- 
land. She has also been the treasurer of the 
Baltimore alumnae club for two years, the 
Annapolis district chairman for the Endow- 
ment campaign In 194-1 and was a most able 
toastmistress for her class' fifth reunion in 
1 940. Community Fund and volunteer work 
in the Children's Convalescent Home and 
Nursery School were preceded by three years 
of teaching History and English in the Halla- 
day School In Annapolis. Eight months old 
Anne Burwell Carter is her mother's chief 
interest at the moment. 



Nancy Braswell, '36 (Mrs. H. Dail 
HoldernesSy Jr.)^ Tarboro, 
North Carolina. 

Nancy was an able chairman of the Orien- 
tation committee, a member of the advisory 
council, the Y. W. C. A. cabinet, advertising 
manager of the Brambler and chairman of the 
senior play. Since graduation she has devoted 
time to various civic organizations, participat- 
ing annually in Community Chest and Red 
Cross drives. She hsa been chairman of the 
Welfare committee of the Red Cross for the 
Cross drives. She has been chairman of the 
production sewing room, as well as taking an 
active part in church and Girl Scout work. 
Nancy has two sons, H. Dail, Jr., and James 
Braswell. Her children, community problems 
and golf are her principal interests. 

Catherine Niles, '36 (Mrs. Franklin 
P. Parker), Wellesley Hill, 
Massachusetts. 

In college Katie In three years made an 
enviable place for herself at Sweet Briar. Her 
Junior year was spent at St. Andrews in Scot- 
land. She was a member of Tau Phi, the Glee 
Club and president of the Athletic Association. 
Since college, she has served faithfully and 
well as her class fund agent for five years, 
and as secretary and treasurer of the Boston 
club for three years. Community interests have 
Included the surgical dressing and workshop 
committees of the Junior Service League of 
Wellesley, and assistance in the Nursery school 
this year. David Niles, aged four, and Anne 
Peabody, fifteen months, are her chief Interests 
at this time In addition to keeping the home 
fires burning while her husband, a first lieu- 
tenant in the Coast Artillery Reserves is on 
active duty. Katie confesses to having recently 
spent fascinating evenings with Burpee's seed 
catalog which fired her with ambition to "live 
off the land." 

**Virginia Eady, '38, Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

Undergraduate activities: 

Paint and Patches 1935-1938. 

Orientation Committee 1935-1938. 

Choir 1935-1938. 

Q. V. 

L'AlIiance Francaise 1936-1938. 

German Club 1936-1937. 

Executive Committee, Athletic Association 
1936-1937. 

Secretary of Student Government 1937-193S. 

Tau Phi. 

Y. W. C. A. Cabinet 1935, 1936i vice- 
president 1937, 1938. 

Clubs and Organizations: 

Hospital clinic volunteer 1938-1942. 

League of Women Voters. 

Chairman of Finances, Louisville Civic Arts 
Association 1939. 

District secretary of Louis\ilIe Community 
Chest 1940-1941. 

Placement chairman, Louisville Junior League 
1941-1942. 

Second vice-president of Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Association 1938-1940. 

Louisville representative for the college 
1938-1940. 



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Division cliairniiiii, college campaign 1 941 . 
Spt'cial interesis : 

Breeding and showing; horses and welfare 
work. 

Molly Talcott, '38 (Mrs. E. Grif- 
fith Dodsou, Jr.), Box 565, 
Roanoke, Virginia. 

Molly's college record Is an inipressi\e one. 
She was president of the Freshman class,, 
House president her Sophomore and Junior 
years, vice-president of Student Ciovernment 
and president of Tau Phi In her Senior year. 
After college, Molly taught tiie third grade for* 
two years at St. Catherine's in Richmond. She 
served as secretary of the Richmond alumnae 
club for one year and has since become active 
In the Roanoke club. Her liome is her chief 
interest but she manages to find time for work 
In the garden club, as solicitor for tlie Com- 
munity Fund and U. S. O. campaign In addi- 
tion to being staff assistant of the Red Cross 
and a member of the .\rt$ committee of the 
Junior League. 

>y Mary Mackintosh, '39, Bronxvilje, 
New York. 

Mary's college record shows a distinguished 
list of activities climaxed by her presidency of 



Student Government. She was class Treasurer, 
1935-1937, Treasurer of the Athletic Associa- 
tion, and House President In 1937-1938, Tau 
Phi, 1937-1939, and a member of the Szveet 
Briar Netvs Board of Control. Since college 
Mary attended secretarial school and has been 
part-time secretary to a camp director since 
the completion of her course. The other lialf 
of her time has been consumed with working 
on Red Cross roll call, as a member of the 
Red Cross Motor Corps, the Bronxville League 
for Service and the New York Junior League. 
Mary also served ably as Westchester district 
chairman in the college campaign In 19+1. 

Marian Coles Phinizy, '40, Augusta, 
Georgia. 

.A member of Q. V. In her Sophomore year, 
Marlon continued to play an active part in 
college affairs. She was a member of the 
classical and Spanish clubs and the Camera 
club, Tau Phi and the Sullivan award com- 
mittee. She served too as business manager of 
the Sweet Briar Nezis and the Briar Patch. 
Since graduation Marion has been chairman 
of a Civic Music .Association group — Women's 
.Aux-Illary, Girls' Friendly Society leader, chair- 
man of the Sunday School for Girls' Centre, 
on the Board of Directors for Boys Club, and 
a member of the Augusta Junior League. 



Mary Patterson James, '41, Nev\' 
York and Charlotte, North Car- 
olina. 

As song leader far her class throughout her 
college career, Mary was the originator of 
many an Innovation at step-singing. She was 
House president of Grammer, vice-president 
of Student Government and of Paint and 
Patches, a member of Q. V., Tau Phi, Inter- 
national Relations Club and the Briar Patch 
staff. For four years she was a member of the 
clioir and a great favorite In Paint and 
Patches productions. She is studying this year 
at the Neighborhood Play House School of 
the Theatre making use of what her class- 
mates call "a real dramatic gift and apt wit." 

Respectfully submitted, 

LvDIA PuRCELl. WiLMER, '2^, chaimtau 
Margaret McVev, '18 
Elizabeth Taylor Valentine, '23 
Jane Riddle Thornton, '27 
Norvell Rover Orgain, '3i) 
Elizabeth Pinkfrton Scott, *36 
Emory Gill, '40. 



Note: Ballots will be mailed to all members of the Association one month preceding the elections. 
Please keep this magazine for reference. Biographical sketches will not be printed on the ballots. 
Tellers appointed: Jean Sprague and Jeanette Boone. 



Bishop Tucker, President of Board 

The Rt. Rev. Beverley D. Tucker of Cleveland, 
Ohio, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, was 
elected president of the Board of Directors of Sweet 
Briar College on January twenty-ninth, replacing the 
late Fergus Reid of Norfolk. 

Mr. Archibald G. Robertson, a Richmond attorney, 
was elected a member of the board at the same session. 

Bishop Tucker, Mr. Gerhard Suhling and Mr. Allen 
Cucullu of Lynchburg, and Mrs. Charles R. Burnett of 
Richmond, were present at the meeting of directors. 

Bishop Tucker was born in Warsaw, Virginia, in 
1882, son of the Rt. Rev. Beverley Dandridge Tucker 
and Anna Maria Tucker and in 1915 he was married 
to Miss Eleanor Carson Lile of the University, who is 
widely related and well-known in Lynchburg. 

He was ordained priest in 1909 and served parishes in 
Mecklenburg County, Charlottesville and Richmond, as 
well as being on the facult\' of Virginia Theological Semi- 
nary. He served as a chaplain during the first \W)rld War. 

In addition to being a member of the Board of Sweet 
Briar College, Bishop Tucker is a member of the Boards 
of Trustees of Chatham Hall, Kenyon College and Lake 
Erie College and a member of the Board of Visitors of 
the University of Virginia. 



College Calendar 



FEBRUARY 19— APRIL 15, 1942 
Feb'y 19 — Freshman Honor Convocation. 
20 — French Plays. 
22 — National Symphony Orchestra. 
27 — Coolidge String Quartet with Frank Sheri- 
dan, pianist. 
28 — Play Day with Randolph-.Macon and Hollins. 
March 1 — Chapel, Dr. Alexander C. Zabriskie, Dean, 
Virginia Theological Seminar\-. 
6 — Stanley Chappie, Music Lecture — Dramatic 

Aspect of Musical Form. 
7 — Student Dance Recital. 

8 — Dr. Archibald Black, First Congregational 
Church, Montclair, New Jersey. 
13-14 — Paint and Patches, Dr. Faustus. 

1 5 — Chapel, Dr. Eugene Lyman, Sweet Briar. 
20-30 — Spring Vacation. 
.April 1 — Joint Concert — Harvard Symphony Orches- 
tra, Duke University Glee Club and Sweet 
Briar Glee Club. 
12 — Chapel, Dr. Bernard Iddings Bell, Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island. 
15-17 — Y.^V.C.A. Sponsored conferences, \Ir. Leslie 
Glenn, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 



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Alumnae News 



Current Admission Procedure 



APPLICANTS and schools have been beseiging us 
" with inquiries about the effect on our admission 
requirements of the withdrawal of the traditional June 
College Board examinations. The decision of the College 
Board not to oft'er the usual essay-type examinations this 
June was the result of the acceleration of the programs 
of Harvard, Yale and Princeton: admission to summer 
sessions must be determined before the results of the June 
examinations could be reported. Following this action 
nine women's colleges decided not to use the June exami- 
nations, and the College Board withdrew the tests en- 
tirely for this year. Announcements of these changes 
have received considerable publicity, and friends of Sweet 
Briar have wondered how the College would be affected. 
The answer is less than we might expect. We shall have 
the April College Board tests (an achievement examina- 
tion and the Scholastic Aptitude Test), and Sweet Briar 
is already quite familiar with these tests through using 
them for scholarship award since 1937. In that year the 
April tests were first offered and were frankly experi- 
mental in character. They served Sweet Briar as schol- 
arship measurements because they were offered in more 
centers in the south and were better adapted to students in 
high schools and progressive schools than were the June 
examinations. At this time our experience with these April 
examinations, which are of the short-answer type, gives us 
confidence in using them as an admission measurement. 
We have been interested to see to what extent Sweet 
Briar has been using College Board examinations for 
entrance. Once the trend was definitely upward ; of late 
years it has been decreasing. More and more applicants 
offered Board examinations through the ten years pre- 
ceding 1936 to 1938, when the number remained rather 
constant and represented about one-third of the entering 
freshmen. In the last three years there has been a steep 
drop. Our experience is in line with a general trend 
away from the use of June subject-matter examinations.* 
Perhaps, some say, the June College Board examinations 
were doomed anyway, and the war has only hastened 
their finish. There is considerable to be said in defense 
of essay-type examinations, however, particularly in 
English. This may be a period of transition which will 
lead to the offering of a combination of essay and short- 
answer examinations which will more fully serve public 
school applicants in far-flung parts of our country. 

Before any thought of withdrawal of the June exami- 
nations had arisen, the principals of many private schools 



had been asking for modifications in the use of these tests. 
Under Plan B four examinations in addition to the Scho- 
lastic Aptitude test were taken in June of the senior year 
in secondary school. Under Plan C the four examinations 
could be spread into two periods, at the end of the junior 
and senior years. The schools asked that only three exam- 
inations be required. A number of prominent women's 
colleges agreed to this change and made announcement 
of this action in catalogues which were published in the 
past few months. Sweet Briar also has agreed to the plan 
for three subject-matter examinations provided June tests 
of this type are again offered by the College Board. We 
are making no mention of this in the catalogue which 
will appear in March because of the withdrawal of the 
June examinations for this year. 

This year Sweet Briar will move with a large number 
of other colleges in coimting English as four units, chang- 
ing the total required units from 15 to 16. This is a 
change which many have long desired, yet the entrenched 
custom of counting English as three units clung tenaci- 
ously to colleges whose standards were respected widely. 
This change in terminology will please many secondary 
schools, which last year formally asked the women's col- 
leges for a more logical method of counting English 
entrance units. 

More than a year ago we decided no longer to require 
a definite pattern of entrance units, realizing that many 
students of proved ability and achievement could not 
obtain in their schools some of the subjects we should 
like them to offer for admission, e.g., five units of foreign 
language. After checking carefully our practice of recent 
)ears in making exceptions for such students who pre- 
sented credentials of superior quality, we decided to 
recommend rather than to prescribe the content of 1 1 
or 12 of the total 1 5 units. We continue to require a 
higher standard of achievement and ability of applicants 
who do not offer a third )'ear of mathematics or foreign 
language. In this way we hope to maintain a wide selec- 
tion of applicants without jeopardizing the quality of our 
entrance standards. Admission requirements change 
slowly in adaptation to changing procedure in secondary 
schools. Our present arrangement, while not meeting 
in full the requests from many schools, does provide a 
flexible instrument which is being used with such wisdom 
as comes with the years to the devoted and sometimes 
harassed members of our Committee on Admission. 
Bernice Drake Lill, Registrar. 



*ColIege Entrance Examination Board. Forty-firsl Anvna] Report of the Executive Secretary, 1941, page 1. 



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Given: Facts and Figures 

By Martha von Briesen, '31 



GIVE] 
fort 



IVEN: Eight hundred and 
rty returned questidiinaires, 
more or less completeh' filled <Hit. 

To prove : To the satisfaction of 
tlie eight hundred and forty senders, 
and heaven knows how many other 
alumnae, what their fellow Sweet 
Briar alumnae are doing. Since only 
tile graduates received the question- 
naires, the term "alumnae" is here- 
inafter restricted to them in this 
article. 

Any resemblance to a well-or- 
dered geometry theorem, alive or 
dead, ends sharply at that point. 
Instead, there is a flurry of figures, 
vagaries, blank spaces instead of 
answers and facts galore. Eventu- 
ally, the facts and figures taken from those questionnaires 
resolve themselves into a kaleidoscopic view ... a photo- 
montage newsreel ... of the interests and achievements 
of 56 per cent of the 1,477 graduates of Sweet Briar. 

Of all that group, one living graduate;, Mrs. \Viniam 
T. Hodges (Annie Powell, '10) is listed in Who's Who, 
and Mrs. H. E. Wood (Florence Dowden, '21) has 
won the recognition of a listing in American Men of 
Science. But these two distinguished women are by no 
means the only Sweet Briar graduates who are doing 
outstanding work in a particular field. 

Since it is quite impossible to analyze the results ob- 
tained from the questionnaires by individual classes for 
this article, the alumnae have been divided into decades 
for a brief comparison of their interests and achievements. 

Only 116 young women were granted bachelor's 
degrees in the classes of 1910 through 1920 and of that 
group, 56 responded to the request for information. 
Forty-four are married, and their children number 94. 
.After "Present Position," S listed themselves as house- 
wives, a similar number are actively engaged in business, 
5 are teaching and the list includes a scientist, M.D., 
soci.il worker, librarian, secretary, and one recentlv 
returned from China, where she served as a missionary 
for a quarter of a ccnturv. Their husbanils are chiefly 
engaged in business, but there are five engineers, 4 hold- 




ing government jobs, 3 farmers, 3 
lawyers, a naval officer, and a doc- 
tor who is a medical missionary. 

The classes from 1921 through 
1930 numbered 547 graduates, 275 
of whom answered questionnaires. 
Two hundred and thirty-three are 
married and they have 399 chil- 
dren. By far the majority among 
these graduates listed themselves as 
housewives, although there are 1 7 
teachers, 9 social workers, 2 law- 
yers, 12 business-women, 9 secre- 
taries, 5 librarians, one scientist, an 
artist, a landscape architect and one 
is a graduate student. By far the 
greatest number of their husbands 
are business-men ; 1 7 engineers, an 
equal number of doctors and 16 lawyers; 14 engaged 
in insurance, 11 teaciiers, 13 in some branch of the ser- 
vice (as of October) and the remainder are farmers, 
chemists, newspaper men or writers, clergymen, archi- 
tects, government employees, etc. 

In the third group, the classes from 1931 through 
1941, there are 792 graduates, 509 of whom made some 
response to the questions asked. Of this number, 302 are 
married and they have 226 children. Most of them, too, 
put down "housewife" for their present occupation, but 
the numbers and percentages of those who arc teachers, 
secretaries and business-women are considerably higher 
than in the preceding group. The reason for that is 
obvious, since the proportion of those who have sacrificed 
their careers for marriage is less. Of the remainder, 10 
are social workers, 2 are lawyers, 3 are newspaper re- 
reporters, one is a practicing M.D., and several are 
librarians, laboratory technicians or occupational thera- 
pists, and 2 are directors of art galleries. At least 25 
graduates of the last two classes are engaged in some 
sort of study, ranging from secretarial to medical courses. 
The husbands of graduates in this last group are chiefly 
business-men, as in the other two groups, but the per- 
centage of law\ers and doctors is considerably greater. 
Likewise greater, quite naturally, is the number who are 
in the service. Insurance men, teachers, farmers, engi- 



Thc questionn.iire referred to in tiiis study \\;is mailed to all graduate alumnae in October, 1 941. Of 1,477 graduates only 840 returned 
the requested information. This article does not include other information in the alumnae office, but refers to the results of this q\iestionnaire 
alone. — Editor. 



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Alumnae News 



iieers, scientists, newspapermen, clergymen, architects 
and graduate students complete the roster of husbands' 
occupations. 

A great many who took the time to tell what they 
wanted in their alumnae magazine (about half of whom 
utterly disregarded what it already brings them!) said 
they wanted to know more about the achievements of 
outstanding alumnae, in academic and cultural fields. 
So here are some names to add interest to the figures. 

By far the largest number of outstanding alumnae 
have gained distinction in the field of education. Mrs. 
Hodges, for four years dean of women and professor of 
English at William and Mary, has more recently been 
head-mistress of Collegiate School in Richmond. Mrs. 
Wood, who won her Ph.D. at Yale in 1925, taught 
biology for two years at New York University and since 
then she has collaborated with her husband, likewise a 
professor of biology, by illustrating many of his publica- 
tions. Mrs. Wood has taken part in nine summer ex- 
peditions into the western states and parts of Canada in 
search of fossil mammals and she has made studies in 
Europe. Although she has a young son and calls herself 
a housewife, Mrs. Wood admits that she does next to no 
housekeeping, her days being spent largely on some 
aspect of science. At present it is the cataloguing of some 
800 Kodachromes made during last summer by her 
husband. 

Best known to most alumnae is Mrs. Ben Wailes, 
(Bertha Pfister, '17), who has been on Sweet Briar's 
faculty for many years. At present she is an assistant 
professor of sociology, on sabbatical leave to complete 
work for her Ph.D. Mrs. Wailes is a leader in the field 
of rural welfare problems in Virginia. Others who 
pursue their chosen fields of study as college teachers 
include Mrs. Conrad Van Hyni'ng (Mary Whitehead, 
'17), instructor in psychology at Sarah Lawrence; 
Elizabeth Eggleston, '19, who taught English in several 
different colleges and who has had poetry published in 
several magazines; Dorothy Wallace, '20, assistant pro- 
fessor of chemistry and physiology at Goucher; Catherine 
Cook, '22, whose studies in psychology have led to her 
position as head of the department of tests and measure- 
ments, Maryland State Teachers College, since 1930; 
Evelyn Lee Way, '25, assistant professor of Latin at the 
University of Mississippi; Hilda Harpster, '27, assistant 
professor of zoology, Michigan State Normal; Connie 
Burwell, '34, assistant professor in philosophy at Queen's 
College, Charlotte, N. C, and her classmate, Martha 
Lou Lemmon, instructor in psychology and resident head 
of a women's dormitory at Colorado College. Almost 
as numerous as their fields of study are the universities 
from which they received their masters and doctorate 



degrees: Columbia, Virginia, New York School of Social 
Work, Syracuse, Oxford, Illinois, Johns Hopkins, North 
Carolina, Michigan, and Cornell. 

Teaching in secondary schools occupies another con- 
siderable group of alumnae. Mrs. E. K. Brown (Esther 
Keller, '11) is head of the Latin department in the 
Muncie High School, Muncie, Indiana; Louise Weisiger, 
'15, has been assistant principal of Thomas JclTerson 
High School, Richmond, since 1930; Jane Henderson, 
'17, is the head-mistress of the lower school, St. Chris- 
topher's School for Bo\s in Richmond; Marcia Patterson, 
'32, who has been able to put Ph.D. after her name since 
1941, teaches Latin and Spanish at the Barrington 
School at Great Barrington, Mass., and Claudia De- 
Wolf, '35, who took her Ph.D. in Spanish literature 
three years later at Trinity College, Dublin, is head of 
the Latin department at Foxcroft School. She is one of 
35 in this country whose names have been submitted to 
seven republics south of the border as exchange students. 

Mrs. Earl R. Stott (F. Lorraine McCrillis, '24) for- 
sook secondary school teaching in 1938 to be married. 
She had taught history in high schools in New Jersey and 
New York. Marriage and a family also served to part 
Mrs. Harold C. Meeks (Almena Perkins, '25) from 
an instructorship in English literature at Louisiana State 
University. Jane Cunningham, '26, is teaching English 
in a junior high school in Lynchburg and at the same 
time is completing her research for a Ph.D. at Johns 
Hopkins. Nar Warren Taylor, '27, who holds an M.A. 
in education from Columbia, has been associate head- 
mistress of Miss Hutchinson's school, Memphis, since 
1938, while Athlein Benton, '29, is working towards 
her doctorate in business education after two years as 
head of the Business Department, University of North 
Carolina. Teacher of English, St. Mary's School in 
Raleigh, is Martha Jones' ('29) title, and Marjorie 
Sturges, '30, is a teacher of Latin and French, hockey 
and tennis coach, at Rye, N. Y. Equipped with a 
master's degree in English, Mrs. Clinton A. Gerlach, 
(Florence Roberta Cope, '35), is teaching at the Fessen- 
den school. West Newton, Mass., and her classmate, 
Anne Spiers, who holds a graduate degree from Colum- 
bia, teaches French at Dwight School. Eleanor McLean 
Rust, '35, who spent five years studying art at the Cor- 
coran School, is teaching art at St. Mary's School, Peeks- 
kill, N. Y. Adelaide Boze, '40, is head of the French 
Department at Fairfax Hall Junior College, Waynes- 
boro. 

Frederica Bernhard, '24, has been a teacher in the 
physical education department for women at the Uni- 
versity of California at Berkeley since 1930 and she has 
published three treatises on phases of her favorite hobby. 



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fencing. Elizabeth Ogilby, '34, who has studied nrt at 
the Corcoran school, teaches arts and crafts in a private 
school in Chevy Chase. 

Marietta Darsie, '26, visual education secretary for 
the Cleveland Heights schools, has been collaborating 
in making a color film on insects to be used in teaching 
junior high school science, and Mrs. Foster Backus 
(Pauline Payne, '27) is adjustment adviser and teacher 
of Spanish in a Toledo high school. High school teachers, 
too, arc Ellen Blake, '29, whose subject is English in 
Granby High, Norfolk, and Lucile Cox, '36, teacher of 
Latin and English, Amherst, Va. 

Business and teaching have been combined by Mrs. 
George Adelman (Sarah Miller, '35) who runs a kin- 
dergarten and nursery school, and by Mary Pringle, '34, 
who owns and runs the Pringle Nursery School in Pitts- 
burgh, now in its sixth year, and the only school of its 
kind in that city. 

Decent in the Junior Education Department of the 
Buffalo Museum of Science is the way Mary Reese 
Tcmpleton, '35, describes her job as Science Guide, 
which she has held since 1937. 

Two alumnae have been teaching blind children. 
Jane Martin, '33, taught at the New York School for 
the Blind, and Joyce Hobart, '35, at the New York 
Institute for the Education of the Blind. The latter, 
in collaboration with two others, has written a series of 
books to be used as a blind child's first reader. And, 
although she long ago forswore her scientific career in 
favor of matrimony, Mrs. A. K. Balls (Elizabeth Franke, 
'13) must not be left out of this account. Mrs. Balls, 
armed with her doctor's degree in biology and chemistry, 
was an instructor in chemistry at Cornell University 
Medical College, organized the laboratory of Boston 
Psychopathic Hospital and published a half-dozen of her 
findings in as many different scientific journals. As one 
of the first two alumnae representatives on the Board of 
Overseers, Mrs. Balls served Sweet Briar well from 1934 
to 1940. 

Quite logically, Mrs. Margaret Grant, '15, comes into 
the picture at this point. She is now, and will be until 
May, 1943, a representative on the Board of Overseers. 
Mrs. Grant has combined her interest in music with her 
studies in sociology; she has held numerous researcli 
positions before and after acquiring her Ph.D. and since 
1939 she has been executive secretary of the Berkshire 
Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts. 

In the world of business many alumnae have also made 
a place for themselves. Jean Stockdale, '16, has been 
actuary for the retirement plan of the Union Oil Com- 
pany of California since 1925. Insurance and real estate 
occupy several others, including Marv Virginia Parker, 



'II, an insurance agent and owner of a general agency 
in Franklin, Va.; Rosannc Gilmorc, '19, who has been 
an insurance underwriter in Cleveland since 1928; Anne 
Benedict, '39, who is a fire underwriter with an insur- 
ance company in Newark; Cornelia Murray Weller, '33, 
who is president of G. R. Murray, Inc., an insurance and 
real estate business in Princeton, which her husband 
serves as treasurer, Loulie M. Wilson, '12, has had her 
own business, furnished real estate, since 1924, and Mrs. 
Henry Runyon (Margaret Green, '27) is a real estate 
broker in Summit, N. J. 

Mother of four and for the past ten years owner of a 
dress shop are the occupations of Mrs. Henry Shepherd 
(Elizabeth Green, '14), and for six years Mrs. M. 
Osborne Jones (Helen Johnston, '20) has been manager 
and part owner of a women's apparel shop in Richmond. 
Mrs. M. H. Neiman (Helen Lamfrom, '13) has been 
with her father in the men's clothing business in Fostoria, 
Ohio, since her husband's death in the first World War. 

Business also beckoned to Helen Osborn Gaus, '23, 
who is loan teller in the State Industrial Bank, Columbus, 
Ohio; to Mrs. Broadus Thompson (Jane Guignard, 
'23), assistant to the treasurer, Guignard Brick Works, 
Columbia, S. C; and to Maynette Rozelle Stephenson, 
'21, consultant anad assistant manager of the Sonotone 
Company in Kansas City, makers of hearing aids. Dog 
kennel owner is Dorothy Andrews, '34, who raises and 
exhibits pedigreed dogs professionally. 

Outstanding among those alumnae who are connected 
with publishing is Mrs. Robert W. Rogers (Rosemar\' 
Frey, '34) who is director of the College Division, Cin- 
cinnati Division of the American Book Company. By the 
way, if 3'ou haven't read her absorbing article about 
women in the publishing business in the October issue of 
the Alumnae News, you've missed something good! 
Mrs. John M. Lane, Jr. (Jane Bikic, '31) has for six- 
years been editor of nursing, medical and elementary 
social science texts with the F. A. Davis Company in 
Philadelphia, Jean McKenney (now married and living 
in Colombia, S. A.) and Jane Parker, classmates in '39, 
are serving respectively as editorial assistant with Street 
and Smith Publications and receptionist doing advertising 
promotion work with the American Home Magazine 
Corporation. 

In the field of fine arts, Caroline Compton, '27, is the 
only one who lists herself as a professional painter, with 
portraits as her chief interest. In addition to her private 
pursuit of her talent, she has been state director of the 
W.P.A. Art Project in Mississippi, and her paintings have 
been hung in numerous exhibitions throughout the coun- 
try. Margaret Hall, '32, also continued her art studies 
after she left Sweet Briar, in Washington and San Fran- 



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Alumnae News 



cisco. Since 1940 sIil- has been director of the Wihning- 
ton, N. C, Museum of Arts. At present the museum is 
very actively engaged in recreational work at Camp Davis. 
Special exhibits, lectures and classes are held for the sol- 
diers and their wives. Somewhat similarly engaged is 
Elizabeth Clark, '31, director of the Lynchburg Art 
Gallery since the fall of 1940. Her graduate work in 
art was carried on at Columbia. Kate Tappen Coe, '29, 
studied for three years at the Roerich Art School and 
textile designing at Columbia for a year, in addition to 
other studies. Some of her drawings, watercolors and 
designs have been printed in the Junior League Magazine 
and in Public Health Nursing magazines. Eleanor 
Duvall Spruill, '29, also studied for several years in 
Boston and in Philadelphia and she sold several sets of 
drawings and illustrations for children's stories before her 
marriage. 

A musical career is being purused by Elizabeth Craw- 
ford, '35, who has appeared as soloist with several sym- 
phony orchestras throughout the countrw She made a 
concert tour in Mexico in the summer of 1940 and one 
in this country in 1940-'41, sponsored by an assistant 
conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and will soon go 
on tour with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jose 
Iturbi directing. Nancy Coe, '3 1 , has studied piano and 
vocal music for some years, and since 1938 she has been 
organist and choir leader at the Community Church of 
Englewood, N. J. Katherine Emery, '28, has made a 
name for herself on the stage. When she toured the 
country as one of the leads in "The Children's Hour" 
several years ago, her off-stage hours were largely spent 
in chatting with other Briarites, judging by the numbers 
who reported having gone backstage to see her. 

Now in her third year of study at the Yale Drama 
School is Mary Jeffery Welles, '39, whose special interest 
is children's theater but who is also continmng her study 
of singing and for two years she has been alto soloist in 
the Bach Cantata Club of New Haven. In addition, she 
has had some professional engagements. 

Writing for money, and not just for fun, is the business 
of quite a few of the alumnae these days. Kathryn Close, 
'30, studied journalism at Columbia and is now assistant 
editor of Survry Graphic, a recent issue of which carried 
her article on refugees in an unnamed city of this country. 
Her classmate, Mrs. Filmorc Norfleet (Elizabeth Cope- 
land), was amusement editor of the Richmond News- 
Lrnrler for eight years, during which time she also kept 
up her interest in music and sang in several concerts. 
Marie Klooz, '23, who is also working for her Ph.D. at 
Columbia, is assistant editor of the Inter-Allied Rtvieiv. 
She has been a feature writer for several papers and she 
has done publicity work for various organizations iii the 



field of international relations. Margaret Banister, '16, 
has been director of Public Relations for Sweet Briar 
since 1932. Lucy Marion Reaves, '25, is society editor 
of the Arkansas Gazette, and Mrs. Taylor Palmer 
(Helen Mathews, '30) has held the same position for six 
years on the Charleston (W. Va.) Daily Mail. Mrs. 
Carl Thoma (Evaline Edmands, '30) was in the news- 
paper field for eleven years, first in the advertising depart- 
ment and later as woman's editor and society editor on 
the Saginaw Trihtine. More recent recruits to the 
ranks of the fourth estate include Mary Moore Pancake, 
'32, society editor of the Staunton, (Va.), News Leader; 
Mary Thompson, '38, society editor of the Alabama 
] ournal. 

Lone landscape architect in the graduate ranks is 
Elsetta Gilchrist, '27, graduate of the Smith College 
School in Cambridge, who has been a member of the 
firm of Champlin, Gilchrist and Kissack since 1933. 
Together they have written a number of articles at the 
request of two garden publications. Landscapist Gilchrist 
has also used her training for Sweet Briar's benefit, for 
she has planned and supervised all the landscape planting 
at the college for the past few years. In her second year 
of study at the Smith School is Elizabeth Barnes, '39, 
who is also studying landscape architecture. 

That "the Law is the true embodiment of everything 
that's excellent" seems to be the opinion of six alumnae 
who are full-fledged lawyers. Sadie Morris, '22, grad- 
uate of New York University where she edited the Law 
Review and served as judge of the Good Will Court; 
Elizabeth Rountree, '26, (married since report was made 
to George H. Kellerman and living in Honolulu), who 
was on the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review 
while she was studying there, has been on the legal staff 
of a government office since 1935; Annie Perry Neal, 
'29, whose Ll.B. was awarded by Wake Forest Law 
School, has been an attorney with the Federal Communi- 
cations Division in Washington since 1934; Mrs. Robert 
E. ^Villis (Elizabeth Boone, '30) took her law degree 
last year at George Washington University although she 
has been, since 1936, a claims reviewer in the \Var 
Department; the wife of a lawyer, Mrs. Fred Zengel, 
(Marjorie Smith, '34) is a law graduate of Tulane 
University where she became a member of the Order 
of the Coif, a national honorary legal society, and since 
1936 she has been a research assistant with the Louisiana 
State Law Institute; Mrs. Thomas Corwin (Jane Col- 
lins, '37) took her Ll.B. from George Washington Uni- 
versity in June, 1940, was married the same month, and 
has since been in the employ of the government. 

Alumnae who have pursued careers as librarians come 
next in this survey. Marianne Martin, '18, has long been 



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interested in bringing cliildren and libraries together. Her 
most recent piece of work has been as organizer of the 
Rockingham County Library, N. C, which she now 
serves as h'brarian. Elizabeth Cole, '21, took her master's 
degree in chemistry, but since 1930 she has been the 
h'brarian at Calco Chemical Division, American Cya- 
namid Company and she is active in the science-tech- 
nology group of the Special Libraries Association. Cath- 
erine Shulenherger, '26, who holds an M.A. in English, 
also has a degree in library science, and since 1934 she 
has been reference librarian at Williamsport, Pa. Evelyn 
Mullen, '31, has held library positions at the University 
of North Carolina and at Wells College and for two 
years before her temporary withdrawal from the field she 
was librarian and assistant professor at Coker College. 
Librarian for the Insurance Library Association of 
Atlanta is Teresa Atkinson, '30, and Mary Carolina 
Stokes, '36, is an assistant in the Public Library, Rock 
Island, 111. Mary Del .McCaw, '23, is librarian at the 
Lanier High School for Boys, Macon, Ga., and Mrs. 
\\'infield Nichols (Ellen Brown, '23) is librarian and 
instructor of English at the Caroline High School, Den- 
ton, Md. 

If you're looking for M.D.'s among the alumnae, 
jou'll find only two in this report, who are in practice. 
Margaretta Ribble, '13, is a medical graduate of Cornell 
and for eight years she did psychiatric research work in 
medical college in Paris. At present she specializes in 
psychoanalysis in New York. Mrs. Lewis Littlepage, 
whom her classmates of '32 recall as Eleanor Mattingly, 
has hung out her shingle in Norfolk, where she is on the 
staffs of several hospitals and a member of several clinics. 
Her field is obstetrics. Incidentally, her husband is a 
physician, too. Working to swell the number of women 
doctors are two recent graduates, Lucy Jane Gregory, 
'38, in her third )ear as a medical student at Duke, and 
Helen Taylor, '40, a second-\ear medical stuilent at 
Virginia. 

While some of us are engaged in pleasant and pros- 
l^erous rushings about (as one alumna aptly phrased it), 
which make for light reading in the class news columns, 
a considerable number of ahminac arc engaged in wrest- 
ling with ]iroblcms of social welfare. Mrs. .Arnold Ewell 
(Louise Hooper, '10) resumed her academic course and 
took her master's degree in social work at \\'illiam .-uiil 
.Mary a few \cars ago and she is now assistant supervisor, 
Norfolk Social Service Bureau, Department of Piiblic 
^^'elfare. Active in social work since her graduation, 
Mrs. Stanley Hornbcck (Vivienne Barkalow, '18) com- 
bines her duties as wife of the political advisor to the 
State Department with her work in the Neighborhood 
House in Washington. She is a member of the National 



League of American Penwomen, liaving compiled a 
research catalogue of the Welfare Agencies in Towns 
in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas, written several articles 
for the Junior League Magazine, and acted as co-author 
of The Mississippi Flood Disaster of 1927. For this 
latter work she was especially honored by Mr. Hoover. 
Vram 1929-1938 she served as Alumnae Secretary at 
Sweet Briar and was president of the .American 
Alumni Council in 1936-1937. Medical social work is 
the special field of Mrs. Robert Clendening, (Alice 
Earley, '22) and it has taken her to positions in different 
parts of the country. Since 1939 she has been assistant 
to the chief social worker. Institute for the Control of 
Syphilis, Universit\ of Penns\lvania Hi)spital, Philadel- 
phia. Another alumna who has a long and impressive 
list of positions held is Mrs. Mary Chantler Hubbard, 
'23. Records, statistics, research and data are quite 
familiar to her. Currenth', she is a member of the staff 
of the Research Bureau, Welfare Council of New York 
City. The problems of maladjusted children have occu- 
pied Helen Haseltine, '26, in Chicago for the most part. 
She is a consultant on institutional care of delinquent 
children. United States Children's Bureau. Psychiatric 
social work at Queen's Hospital, Honolulu, was keeping 
Martha Wood, '28, busy at the last report from her, 
which was sometime before the war started. She is a 
graduate of the Smith School for Social Work. Holder 
of a teacher's and supervisor's certificate from the same 
school is Mrs. Robert O. Davidson, (Alice Barber, '30) 
who is a district superintendent with the Family Service 
Bureau in Chicago. Katherine Perry, '31, gave up her 
position as superintendent of county relief. Potter Count\', 
Pa., in 1938, to become Mrs. H. A. Dorfeld. A medical 
social worker with Children's Hospital, Boston, where she 
has been since 1939, is the title and position held by 
Emily Marsh, '34, who holds a certificate from the New 
York School of Social Work. Ruth Gill Wickcns, '35, 
whose husband is a psychiatric social worker, is a home- 
finder with the Brooklyn Children's .Aid, and Mrs. 
George Wenzel (Ruth Remon, '32), likewise holder 
of an advanced degree in this field, is assistant executive 
secretary, Washington Heart Association. Mrs. ^^^'lh'anl 
Burleigh, Jr. (Anita Peters, '29) is a psycliiatric social 
worker at Walter Reed Hospital, and her classmate, 
Helen ^^'cit'/mann, is a placement interviewer at New 
^ ork University where she is also working towards a 
master's degree in psychology. Assistant Supervisor, 
Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance is Mar- 
jorie Shepherd's ('26) title, and Anne Gochnauer, '29, 
is N.^'.A. personnel officer for northern Virginia. 

Considerably smaller is the group of alumnae who 
have made progress in technology. Mrs. Frederick C. 



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Aiulirseii (Kathcrinc Blount, '26) was a junior bacteri- 
ologist with the New "^'orlc Department of Health for 
three years preceding her marriage last summer. Shs was 
engaged in special research in connection with pneumonia 
virus. Nevil Crute, '33, studied medical technology at 
Virginia and now heads the technical laboratory of two 
physicians in Houston. Delia Tajlor, '34, whose M.A. 
from Smith was in physics, has been in Washington since 
1937, engaged in textile research work. Also interested 
in textiles is Ruth Chartener, '38, who took a position as 
textile chemist in New York after completing a two 
year course in chemistry and dyeing at the Philadelphia 
Textile School. Anne McRae, '32, who has an M.S. 
from Johns Hopkins, spent five years as a laboratory 
technician in a Shanghai hospital, served as a zoology in- 
structor at Sweet Briar for one year, and is at present a 
technician at Presbyterian Hospital, New York. Research 
assistant in the Cancer Research Laboratory of Wisconsin 
is the position which Anne Baker, '35, has held since 
1939, when she completed her studies for her M.S. at 
Wayne University, and Frances W. Pennypacker, '15, 
is a technician at the Reichel Laboratory, after having 
served 19 years as chief technician at the Memorial Hos- 
pital, Wilmington, Delaware. 

Occupational therapy also has its followers among the 
alumnae. Jane Bender, '34, after gaining a certificate 
from the Boston School of O. T., is now Occupational 
Aide in charge of Pediatric Service, Bellevue Hospital, 
New York, and Lucy Gore, '37, graduate of the Phila- 
delphia School of O. T., is assistant occupational therapist 
at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. 

That should give you a rough idea of the variety of 
work Sweet Briar alumnae are doing, but there are more 
to mention! For example, there's Jeannette Boone, '27, 
who is assistant to the Registrar at college and who has 
twice been Acting Registrar in Mrs. Lill's absence. And 
there's Wilhelmina Rankin, '30, who procured her M.A. 
in education at New York University and since 1935 has 
been secretary to a widely-known professional novelist 
and short story writer in Florida. And Emma Riely, '30, 
who has had a varied and interesting career since she left 
Sweet Briar, including a year of secretarial work in the 
American Embassy in Paris, two periods of study in 
Grenoble and Paris, a year of secretarial work in Boston, 
a year as hostess and manager of the alumnae club at 
Foxcroft School, two years in Washington where she 
worked for Paul V. McNutt in the Federal Security 
Agency. She resigned to move back to Richmond, where 
she is secretary to the State Board of Education. 

An important part of a new venture is Harriet Gotten 
Skinner, '33, who is in New York as executive secretary 
of "Buy-Lines by Nancy Sasser," a weekly syndicated 



column for national advertisers appearing in some 34 
newspapers throughout the country. Even more closely 
connected with selling is Ruth Kerr, '32, who has a 
graduate degree from Simmons College in personnel and 
merchandising work in stores, and who has been Co- 
ordinator of Retail Selling for the City of Holyoke, 
Massachusetts, since 1939. Jean Blount, '40, also has 
a graduate degree from Simmons, and she is now assis- 
tant buyer at Blount-Harvc\' Company, Greenville, N. C. 
As of last October, Irene Vongclir Vincent, '40, was 
secretary for the International Red Cross at Kweiyang, 
China, and her classmate, Ruth Collins, was a nursery 
school teacher in Honolulu. Isabel Olmstead, '37, is 
radio program publicity supervisor, Compton Advertising, 
Inc., in New York, while Mrs. Conrad Kinyoun (Mary 
Craighill, '25) has been secretary to the Bishop of 
Georgia since 1926 and treasurer of the Diocese of 
Georgia since the following year. 

Sweet Briar found its way into the National Archives 
in the person of Mrs. Schuyler Livingston (Mary Walton 
McCandlish, '34) who served as assistant archivist for 
four years, and into the exhibition buildings of the Wil- 
liamsburg restoration with Mrs. Finley Ferguson, Jr. 
(Anna L. Redfern, '37) who is a hostess there. 

Of particular interest is the work of two alumnae liv- 
ing in England who took time to answer the question- 
naire. Mrs. T. A. A. Hunter (Amy Williams, '25), 
whose husband is a pediatrician now serving with the 
British Army in the East, was forced by illness to give 
up temporarily her work as director of the British Red 
Cross Society at Plymouth. This is a volunteer job which 
Mrs. Hunter has held since 1933. After gaining the 
highest grade certificate in Air Raid Precautions at the 
government school in 1939, she became a lecturer in 
that ver\- important part of civilian defense. Mrs. Nor- 
man V. Robinson, (Dorothy Job, '21) is head of the 
biology department at Pembroke Dock County School, 
Pembrokeshire, Wales, for the duration. She has also 
been active in the Women's Voluntary Service, doing 
canteen work and assisting refugees. 

We now turn the spotlight to the mothers. 

The largest family is that of Mrs. York Wilson (Min- 
nie de Foix Long, '22) which numbers eight children, 
ranging in age from 1 8 to 6 years of age. There are 
several mothers-of-six, one of whom said she had nothing 
to do but raise her six children but added that her interests 
included "old-fashioned novels, or a quiet corpse in the 
library with Scotland ^'ard at hand." That spirited 
lady, if you are curious, is Mrs. Harry Howard Hem- 
mings (Esther Cornwall Turk, '18), whose half-dozen 
range from 16 down to less than a year. Quite a number 
of alumnae listed four children, two or three have five. 



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and there are quite a number of twins in the group but 
it seems that the average family is two children. Several 
alumnae mentioned with pride the fact that they have 
become grandmothers. 

What are the particular interests or hobbies of the 
whole group? Everything imaginable . . . amateur 
radio, building ship models, obstetrics, ranch life, refin- 
ishing furniture, fishing, numismatics, mountain-climbing, 
driving trotting horses, Chinese porcelains . . . anything 
\ou might name, in fact. In larger and larger numbers 
the alumnae indicate interest and activity along the lines 
of community work, stimulated in many cases by Junior 
League service, and the percentage of those who listed 
sports or outdoor activities remains fairly constant 
throughout all the classes between 1920 to 1941. Con- 
stant, too, is the proportion of those interested in reading 
or in collecting certain types of books, and of those who 
are interested in some form of music, the theater, or 
dancing. The greatest proportion of those who are fond 
of gardening is in the earlier classes, diminishing notice- 
ably after 1932. Church work, home and family were 
the first interests mentioned by a great number of the 
entire group, and a very considerable number is devoted 
to the antique game, with interior decorating or collec- 
tions of specialists as an accompanying side issue. Judging 
by the members who indicated writing as a hobby, the 
.Alumnae News should never again want for contribu- 
tors, and if all the alumnae whose hobby is photography 
made up a show of their prints, it could be an interesting 
feature of alumnae activities at Commencement. 

Education, children's activities, animals, travel (in the 
past!), flowers, people, conversation, poetr\-, sketching, 
wood-carving, politics, international affairs, social prob- 
lems, cooking, sewing, designing clothes, handcrafts of 
various kinds, Braille, farming and country life, . . . 
all these and knitting, too, . . . came in for their share 
of votes. One alumna whose list seemed to run the 
gamut apparently has energy to devote to: "photography, 
drama, electricity, mechanics and people." Never a dull 
moment, certainly! If the interests mentioned arc pur- 
sued with some intelligence, and apparently most of them 
are, no one can sa\ that Sweet Briar did not open to her 
graduates a world of interests to explore in their adult 
lives. It is impossible to single out followers of unusual 
interests in so large a group, but it would be too bad not 
to mention Margaret Lovett, '27, Mary Jane Jones, '38, 
and the two 1940 graduates, Hortcnse Powell and 
Ramona Spurlock, who have learned to fiy. 

This brings us d<iwn to the final question, "What do 
you want most in \our .Alumnae Magazine?" To which 
a good 50% replied in such fashion that "the impossible" 



best sums it up, 25% offered some ideas but in general 
approved of the job being done and apparently appre- 
ciated the difficulties that lie behind it, and the other 25% 
had no suggestions to make. If onl\' space permitted the 
repetition of some of the criticisms and suggestions, good 
and bad ! To those who are waiting to see in print this 
very survey, I bow humbh', knowing that they probably 
had hopes and expectations far different from the actual 
result. As for those who say they want more news about 
their own dear classmates, let them beware, lest they find 
themselves in the shoes of the luckless class secretary, 
whose pleas for news go unanswered except by a faithful 
few! There are still, I blush to say it, alumnae who do 
not realize : 1 . that there has been an Alumnae Fund 
since 1933 and that there are no more "dues" as such; 
2. that they receive only one issue of the Alumnae 
News each year because they do not contribute to the 
Alumnae Fund. 

More gratifying, but not easy to satisfy, is the growing 
number of requests for news of an academic nature, 
specifically the intellectual achievements of outstanding 
alumnae and stories about them. Even more difficult, 
the requests for biographies of "not necessarily those who 
have accomplished something 'important' which will 
reflect glory to the college, but those whose lives are 
interesting in any way at all." Doubtless the editor would 
be glad to oblige, given the names of some who should 
be included in such a group. 

And another thing, photographs! It will be impossible 
to run a picture section devoted to the glamor girls of '04 
in their present surroundings (or, for that ni.itter, of any 
class) until the Alumnae News is weighed down with 
a fat endowment fund, proceeds of which are to be used 
to pay for cuts. Call up an engraver and ask for his rate 
scale for half-tones before you make Aour next contri- 
bution to the .Alumnae Fund if it's pictures you're dying 
to have. 

.Add a note to the class secretaries: from far and wide, 
and most insistent, came demands that class letters con- 
tain less of the coyh' juvenile note, more emphasis on 
facts of interest, and above all, that "Frisky" and 
"Limipy" be abandoned in favor of Christian names and 
surnames which are known to others outside of the 
\sriter's own clique or class! Read your own last letter, 
with those criticisms in mind, my colleagues . . . you 
will doubtless squirm a bit. 

This lesson endeth with the hope that more alimmae 
ever mindful of Sweet Briar's needs, will adopt the spirit 
which prompted one to write: "secretary to a wealthy 
widow, who is alas! a \\issar graduate!" 



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"The Quiet Life" 



A COLLEGE professor, rusticating after a strenu- 
ous academic \ear, was asked by her farmer-host 
how many hours she taught. When she answered, 
"F'ifteen," conscious of a heavy task faithfully discharged, 
he said, "And we always thought teachei's had it easy. 
WHiy, no farmer could work fifteen hours a day." If 
one subtracts twelve or fifteen hours from the week's 
total, the normal college program seems a small contri- 
bution to the world's work. The classic view of a gentle 
scholar emerging from the ivory tower of Academe to 
impart carefully digested wisdom to receptive students is 
an idyllic picture, remote from the life that is real and 
earnest, but remote also from the lives led by some of the 
Sweet Briar faculty. Alumnae of course know that every 
class hour means other hours spent in preparation, con- 
ferences, reading of papers, etc., but they are less likely 
to realize how often even these academic tasks are inter- 
spersed with activities away from the campus, which 
spring directly from our work here, or from the interests 
and training that made college teaching our chosen pro- 
fession. Space is too short for a complete account of the 
extra-curricular work of the current Sweet Briar faculty, 
but a few illustrations culled from the annual question- 
naire of the Committee on Faculty Research, and from 
personal interviews with some of our more energetic 
members, may serve to modify somewhat the idea of the 
quiet life on a beautiful but isolated campus, which 
arouses the envy of visiting lecturers. 

Last year members of the faculty gave over fifty 
speeches in Virginia, to men's clubs, women's clubs, youth 
clubs. Rotary and Lions, D. A. R., A. A. U. W., P.- 
T. A., Y . W. C. A., and other alphabetical associations. 
Junior League, Christian Endeavor, Home Demonstra- 
tion Clubs, and various academic and professional groups. 
About half the faculty engaged in this speechmaking 
activity. The subjects ranged from educational techniques 
and scholarly discussions of our individual fields of re- 
search, to current events, labor problems, plans for the 
new world order, and practical advice about home and 
local needs, to say nothing of sermons in churches and 
in college chapels. 

Among the professional organizations in the state, 
members of the Sweet Briar stafT are active in such groups 
as the Virginia Classical Association, the Lynchburg 
branch of the Archaeological Institute of America, the 
Virginia Dietetics Association, the Chemical Association, 
the Student Health Association, the Virginia Social 
Science Association, and others. Recently the college was 
chosen as the meeting-place for the newly organized 



Southeast Regional Section of College Teachers of Art, 
and all the members of the Art Department participated 
in the inaugural program. 

Active interest in the non-academic problems of the 
district has a long and notable histni-\- nt Sweet Briar. 
The finest single example is well known to all Sweet 
Briar alumnae through Miss Sparrow's annual convoca- 
tions on the Amherst County Health Association, and has 
been made possible not only by her devoted efforts, but 
by cooperation and money contributions from students 
and staff". It was begun in 1919 with a nucleus of un- 
expended war relief funds, when the complete lack of 
county public health service made epidemics a menace 
both to permanent residents of the county and to the 
college. The difficult task of educating the people to 
accept professional medical and nursing care and hospital- 
ization, of providing training for midwives, and making 
possible the baby clinics which are such a valuable and 
popular feature of Amherst County Day, were accom- 
plished with rare tact and insight by the Association. 
Now that the county nurse is no longer dependent on 
the Association funds for her salary, she finds them a 
valuable aid in providing for extra services that the public 
grants do not cover. In 1920 Amherst County was listed 
among the most backward counties in the state from the 
point of view of public health; the work begun at Sweet 
Briar did yeoman service in improving its status, and 
prepared the way for the moie extensive services now 
afforded by the state. 

Members of the De|iartment of Sociology and Eco- 
nomics are especially fitted In- their training as well as 
by their interests to cooperate in the work of local and 
state associations for social welfare, and in the actual 
framing of state legislation in this field. Miss Beard, the 
chairman of the department, is also chairman of the Merit 
System Council of the State Department of Public Wel- 
fare, which establishes the policies for personnel proce- 
dure, gives examinations for the state civil service, and 
acts as a board of appeals on examinations and appoint- 
ments. The Personnel Committee at Sweet Briar thus 
benefits by her practical experience, and the unusually 
large number of students who are to take national civil 
service examinations this spring will owe much to her 
guidance. In the Committee on Child Welfare of the 
Governor's Advisor\- Legislative Council in 1941, Miss 
Beard worked on revision of the statutes for child wel- 
fare, drawing up sixteen bills, which are now being passed 
upon by the state legislature. Six have already been 
enacted. 



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Miss Beard and Miss Boone are both active in the 
Virginia Commission on Interracial Cooperation, for 
which Miss Boone made a study of Household Employ- 
ment in Lynchburg, published by the Y. W. C. A. in 
1937. Mrs. Wailes is a member of the Committee for 
Popularization of Administrative Research, under the 
Bureau of Public Administration. Both Miss Boone and 
Mrs. ^Vailes belong to the Consulting Panel for Popu- 
lation Study under the State Planning Board, sponsored 
by the General Education Board. Miss Boone's studies 
in the field of labor legislation and those of Mrs. Wailes 
on the distribution of the Negro in Virginia show how 
closely related participation in local projects may be to 
scholarly research. Both are members of the Board of 
the Virginia Consumer's League, and Miss Boone's study 
of Lnhor Laivs of Tivelvfi Southern States, prepared in 
connection with the League's legislative program, was 
published bv the National Consumer's League in 1934. 
In 1940 the Bureau of Public Administration of the 
Univcrsit\' of Virginia published her Labor Lmvs of 
V'lrgiina. It was fitting, therefore, that she was appointed 
in Ma^■, 1941, to the Women's Garment Industry Com- 
mittee of the Wages and Hoiu's Division of the U. S. 
Department of Labor. 

Mrs. Wailes' keen interest in the welfare of her home 
county led her into a wide range of activities that to most 
of us would seem a fulltime job in themselves. She is 
past president of the Federation of Home Demonstration 
Club, and chairman of public relations for the federation, 
which has a membership of about 22,000. She has given 
many talks at Home Demonstration Club meetings, and 
has conducted seminars for the leaders of local clubs, so 
that they in tiu'n may teach their individual groups the 
essential substance of the popular Sweet Briar seminar on 
tlie Family. Mrs. Wailes was the first woman appointed 
to the Virginia Federation Defense Coimcil. As chairman 
of the committee on Education for Service, she enlisted 
the aid of other members of the faculty for the important 
project of local study of democracy in relation to the 
current crisis. Miss Crawford gave nian\ talks last fall 
to adult and \()uth clubs on dcmocrac\' and defense, and 
with Miss Boone, Mr. Wengert, Mr. Cameron, and Mr. 
Edwards, prepared stvidy kits on Democracy at Work in 
Our CdtNDiiontx, which contain pamphlets, stud\" out- 
lines and bibliographies for use by the local clubs. 

Mrs. Brown, whose chief occupation is the nutrition 
of the student body, was invited to the National Con- 



ference on Nutrition in \Vashington, in May, 1941, at 
which plans were made for the work of Home Demon- 
stration agents and nutrition specialists throughout the 
country. Since then she has served with the Virginia 
Dietetics Association, which carries out these plans in the 
state. She has also had a large part in the course on 
nutrition given this year for the first time, in which Dr. 
Rice, Miss Rogers, Miss Williams, Miss Hague, and Mrs. 
Krassovsky all collaborated. 

Latin American relations, so poorly understood by most 
North Americans, have attracted the interest of several 
of our number besides those who are teaching Spanish. 
Miss Beard has given several talks on the topic, and made 
it the basis for this year's program of the Virginia Council 
of Administrative Women in Education, of which she is 
president. At Sweet Briar itself a course in Latin .Amer- 
ican history is to he introduced next year. Mr. Mnngia- 
fico has organized a group of about twenty students as 
the "Misiones pedagogicas panamericanas," including sev- 
eral whose homes are in Latin America, who will present 
programs in the high schools. (At present he is having 
some difliculty with a few of the ^oung missionaries, who 
\earn to present the rimiba as evidence of South Amei'- 
ican folkways.) 

A casual discussion in the summer of 1940 in which 
Mr. Bennett, Mr. Edwards and others took part, led to 
the formation at Amherst of the local chapter of the 
Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies. 
The chapter has grown greatly in numbei's, and has been 
instrumental in founding parallel chapters in neighboring 
districts. After various changes of name due to the chang- 
ing course of the war, it is now a branch of "Citizens for 
Victory." Miss Crawford, Mrs. Lill, Miss Rogers, and 
Di'. Rollins have cooperated throughout with its cliair- 
man. Judge Mecks, and the other loyal citizens who have 
made it a useful focus of public opinion and individual 
.iction, while man\' of us have a better acquaintance with 
our neighbors through its monthU' meetings. 

This is by no means a complete siu'vey of the cxtra- 
cun-icular activities of the facult\'; those of the President 
and the Dean would need an article apiece, and numerous 
others have been left unmentioned. Yet such work is 
alwa\s subordinate to the major task of education at 
Sweet Briar. An up-to-date version of the ivor^■ tower 
should be constructed of plastics, T think, ]iowcrcd b\- a 
il\namo, and mounted on wheels. 

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Class Notes 



1911 

class Secretary: Josephine Murray Joslin 
(Mrs. J. Whitman, Jr.) 200 West Madison 
Avenue, Johnstown, New York. 
Fund Agent: Ruth Liovo, 40" Wiiithrop 
Street, Toledo, Ohio. 

1 have concluded that the 1011 "gals" are 
all too busy with war work to find time to 
send me any news for the magazine. I spe- 
cially asked, on my cards, f<ir their defense 
activities but received no replies whatever. 

A short note from Esther Keller Brown at 
Christmas time told me of her daughter's mar- 
riage in South America and her concern about 
hearing from her on account of the very strict 
censorship. Anne Marie went to South Amer- 
ica a few years ago on a college exchange 
scholarship and had chosen to live there per- 
manently. 

My daughter, Mary Miller, has a secretarial 
p()sition with the General Electric Company at 
Schenectady, New ^'ork, their most important 
plant for defense work in the country. My 
comfortable feeling that she is a girl instead 
of a boy has been somew hat upset when I 
think of the .Anti--A,ircraft guns on the tops ot 
the buildings and the hundreds of soldiers and 
guards around the place. 

I know the nineteen eleveners are all doing 
their part in the great work which confronts 
us today. The best of luck and good wishes to 
you all. 

1912 

Class Secretary: Lolm.ie M. Wilson, 114 West 
114th Street, New York, New York. 
FiiTid Agent: Elsie Zaegel Thomas (Mrs. I. 
C.) 200 Euclid Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 
Ruth Gibson Venning writes from Greens- 
boro, North Carolina, "My son. Dr. W. L. 
\'enning, was married in June to Dr. Laura 
Ross and my daughter, Virginia, was married 
November first to Mr. F. Abbott Whitney of 
Greensboro, and they are now living in Chat- 
ham, New Jersey. My son and his wife are 
living in Durham. She is the doctor on the 
girls' campus (Duke) and Bill is tinisliing his 
third \ea?' of iiiterii'^hip at Duke." 

1915 
Class Secretary: Frances W. Pennvpackkr, 
>I7 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: 

This winter I ha\ e been too busy to send 
out any cards, so 1 will iiave to fall back on 
Christmas cards for the news in this letter — 
Mot tliat there was much news on my cards, but 
at least I know that tliese few old Hriarltes are 
in the land ol the living. 

Anne Schutte Nolt was very busy trying to 
combine collecting for the Red Cross with 
w rapping Christmas presents. 

Ruth Core Netf sent me a picture of herself, 
husband and children grouped about their fire- 
place. Jean, Ruth Ellen and Arthur, Jr., are 
three most attr.ictive looking youngsters, and 
Ruth does not seem to have aged any since 
she was at Sweet Briar. 

Margaret Lew Is Thon^psmi writes from 
Idaho that she enjoyed the \^>x Pop program 
from Sweet Briar. So did I, .ind I was par- 



ticularly pleased that two of the girls inter- 
viewed were daughters of "old girls" of our 
era. Betty Weems is the daughter of Mathllde 
Booth, and Dale Bogert is the daughter ot 
Delia Lindsay. 

Margaret Grant's daughter, Leslie, was mar- 
ried last June to Leslie Cole Bigelow. Mar- 
garet writes that her son-in-law will probably 
he In the army soon. 

Margaret Brooke is expecting to get her 
A.B. degree by February and then hopes to 
iind a job In or near Washlngtcui and li\c in 
Sandy Spring, M.iryland. 

From Claire Erck Fletcher and Harriet 
Evans Wyckuff came greetings but no news. 
Fay Abraham Pethick writes that her son, 
Dick, has a job with the Pratt Whitney Exper- 
imental Laboratory and is taking some aero- 
nautical engineering work at Connecticut State 
College. Sylvia Pethick Maltby, ex '41, >s liv- 
ing In Wallingford, Connecticut and her sister, 
Bunny, ex '39, who was married last May to 
Roger Wolcott Robinson, is staying with her 
mother In Durham while Roger is In Quantlco. 
Faye's husband Is on the Duke Hospital bus- 
iness staff. 

Christmas greetings from Dr. Mary K. Ben- 
edict came from a new address — 548 Orange 
Street, New Haven, Connecticut. 

Miss Ruth Howland says that she and Miss 
Hull are busy knitting and mending old clothes 
for Bundles for Britain. 

Since my last letter 1 have taken a job as 
Bacteriologist at the Reichel Laboratories, Klm- 
berton, Pennsylvania. Our work Is the pro- 
cessing of plasma from the blood which the 
Red Cross is collecting. We freeze and dry 
the plasma to be used for the Army and Navy. 
As the laboratory is only four miles from 
Phoenixville, I live at home and drive back 
and forth in a 1934 Chevrolet convertible 
coupe. We are working hard but it is In a 
good cause. 

I would love to hear from many of you 
before the April issue of the Alumnae News. 
If you write now while the inspiration Is upon 
you, I will carefully file your news for the 
next Issue. 

1916 
Chns Secretary: Felicia Patton, Catlcttsburg, 
Kentucky. 

Fund Agent: Mrs. R. E. Christl^n (Ellen 
I l<iw Ison ) Deerfield, Virginia. 

'I'o those from whom I ijuote below for 
news of M6, I am Indeed most grateful. The 
role of class secretary I find increasingly ar- 
duous since one cannot hnvind a victim face 
to face, and a letter or post card Is often fruit- 
less, but thanks to EUlen, L(niise, Mary and 
Estelle we can rate a bit of space this Issue. 
Ellen HowisoM Clirisllan writes from her 
farm in Deerfield, Virginia that in the country 
now things are very quiet except for the excite- 
ment of sending an "Army Flash" whenever 
a plane goes over. She Is still deeply interested 
in dog training and reports the best year yet 
as their dogs placed twenty-six times at field 
trials during the fall In Maryland, Pennsyl- 
vania, Delaware and New York. She Is already 
planning a heavy farm program and much 
canning. Sounds like the same energetic Ellen 
of Sweet Briar davs. 



We hear from Louise Bennett Lord that 
she, like all of us, is deep in war work and is 
taking a First Aid Instructor's course and 
expects to start teaching. She is also an Air 
Raid Warden. Her oldest son, Bennett, has 
enlisted In the Navy but is permitted to finish 
at Princeton a year from February. 

Mary Pennypacker Davis' two sons are at 
St. Andrews this year, and she is busy helping 
her husband work out plans for their summer 
camp for boys In Cimnecticut and taking care 
of the secretarial work. Her recent letter told 
of hearing fr.mi Dorys McConnell Faile, who 
is living on a beautiful farm outside of West- 
port, Connecticut. Both Dorys and her husband 
have been very 111 In a hospital for several 
months. 

I was delighted to have news from Estella 
McFarland Fox, who finished at Smith after 
leaving Sweet Briar. She is living in Rome, 
New York and before her marriage had a 
private school there. Now, she has golf, a 
garden and early American glass as her hobbies. 
Here's hoping someone else will feel the urge 
to write In for the next issue. 

From the alumnae office we hear that Ban 
(Margaret Banister) is on leave from her 
duties at Sweet Briar and wintering on a 
ranch, El Porvenir Lodge, El Porvenir, New 
Mexico. Pictures of Ban in blue jeans, plaid 
shirt and Mexican hat were much admired 
when she returned to Washington for the 
holidays. 

1923 
Class Secretary: Mrs. Broadus Thompson 
(Jane Gulgnard) P.O. Box 480, Columbia, 
South Carolina. 

Fund Agents: Mrs. Clark L. Bassett (Ger- 
trude Geer) 17166 Wildemere, Detroit, Michi- 
gan. Mrs. Robert J. Dow ling (Lorna Weber) 
1949 Staunton Road, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Have you heard that we have a new class 
baby: John Peyton McGuIre Boyd greeted the 
New Year like one of those fat cherubs which 
adorn magazine covers at that season. This is 
Richie's third son, you know, and a baby Is 
really big news in 1923 circles these days. 

Kit Land has a very lovely new house In a 
Richmond suburb and even without having 
seen It I can safely report that its furnishings 
and decorative scheme are flawless. I have 
heard Indirectly that Lydia and Fred Wllmcr 
are also building . . . perhaps have now fin- 
ished building, but I have no details to give 
you. The Broadus Thompsons consider them- 
selves most fortunate in having completed 
their new house before priorities struck heavily. 
We are also very lucky to have a charming 
woodland setting and surrounding old gardens 
which will make the place worth seeing when 
spring comes. And already it is just around 
the corner here, with the early jasmine in 
bloom and bulbs well up everywhere and a 
great deal of lively bird-song in the morning. 
Come to see us, any of you wh<t come this 
w.iy. 

A brief visit from Helen McMahon and 
Dan Boone who were in Columbia for the 
.\lumnae Secretaries Association meeting was 
a highlight of early December. It was grand 
to see the girls and to talk about Sweet Briar 
which I continue to miss deeply. 



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ChristiiKis bruuglit nie a note from LaVern 
who is still Jiving in Arlington while Al is 
still on duty in Washington. Rut of course 
they cannot tell when he may be uidered else- 
where and the war inevitably comes closest to 
those in the regular service. I also had a nice 
letter from Margaret Burwell Graves at this 
time in which she told me of a good deal of 
sickness in her family including a serious oper- 
ation for herself which laid her up for several 
months, but this is fortunately in the past now. 

Lorna Dowling is deservedly proud of her 
Robby, who has won a scholarship to the Uni- 
versity School for Roys in Cleveland, the only 
such award given for the middle school grades 
and a much coveted honor. Gertrude Geer 
Bassett who acted as Class Agent this fall tells 
me a little of her very active life in which she 
has added to the raising of four boys some 
sculptering, painting, gardening, campaigning 
and now, no doubt, war work, too. 

All over the country you girls are no doubt 
attending First Aid and Home Nursing classes, 
motor corp-ing, knitting and sewing and talk- 
ing about air raids. Well, maybe in Illinois 
and Iowa and Nebraska you aren't contem- 
plating air raids as those of us in the coastal 
defense areas are being urged to. It seems 
like another world from the one we enjoyed 
in those years at Sweet Briar, so carefree and 
secure and unlimited in opportunity ... we 
thought. This Is a time now to hold to old 
friendships and happy associations, so write to 
me sometime, more of you. 

1924 

Class Secretary: Kathryn Klump McGuirk 
(Mrs. Frederick T., Jr.) 3707 Daleford Road, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Eleanor Harnkd Arp (Mrs. 
Louis Croft) 1525 Twenty-ninth Street. 
Mollne, Illinois. 

I haven't heard from many of you but I'm 
sure most of you must be doing new and Im- 
portant jobs due to the war. 

First of all a number of people have written 
inijuiring about Gwendolyn's death. It does 
seem Impossible for anyone as vital and alive 
as she to be gone. Frances Barry Wood, ex 
'26, and Doris Rallard Roberts wrote me about 
it. It seems Gwen had been suffering with 
asthma for several years. I know all of us wish 
to extend our deepest sympathy to Jocelyn, 
Mr. and Mrs. Watson and G wen's husband. 

Doris writes that Elizabeth Sutton Camp's 
son is sixteen and nearly six feet tall while 
lier own daughter is fifteen and taller than 
Doris. She also says Alice Wells Hanley has 
two boys, thirteen and fifteen. Alice had a 
major operation early In the summer, but I 
trust is fully recovered now and full of healtli. 

Bern Hulburd Wain, who I think is the 
"movingest" member of the class, moved five 
days before Christmas to a house out in the 
cnuntry. She Is busy taking a First Aid Course 
and doing Motor Corps duty. I saw Bern here 
one night last summer on her way east with 
lier three boys. They are a handsome lot, I 
can assure you. She saw Lorraine McCrlllls 
Stott when she was In New York state. 

Josephine Von Maur Crampton writes that 
her family took a trip to Yellowstone last 
summer. 

Elsie Wood Von Maur Is the symphony 
orchestra manager in Da\ enport. That must 
be a terrific job, but I bet she Is doing a grand 



job of it. El Harned Arp's eldest son Is having 
liis first year aw ay from home at Shattuck 
Military School. Phyllis Millinger Camp writes 
that she spent the summer recuperating from 
a major operatictn which was a bit complicated 
by two lively children. 

Had a grand newsy letter from Jean Grant 
Taylor last summer. After slie came back from 
Woods Hole where she was science chairman 
of the Childrens School of Science, she had to 
head the League of St. Andrews, an organiza- 
tion of Church women. She also managed a 
British War Relief Unit — not to mention 
helping in a Cooperative Nursery School. Did 
you know that Jean's sister Is secretary to tlie 
new Dean? 

Grace Merrick Twohy was up here last 
summer as Jack came up for an operation. 
He had quite a siege but is fine now. Grace 
reported that she had been In Wilkes-Barre 
and had stayed w^Ith Romayne Schooley Feren- 
bach, ex '25. She also saw Dorene Rrow n 
Humphrey and said she was on the top of the 
world and prettier than ever. Grace also 
stopped off in Bethlehem and had dinner with 
Elizabeth Pape Mercur. Grace reports that 
Paple Is a very ardent club woman. 

I also had a note from Pape at Christmas 
time. She is very busy taking First Aid Courses, 
etc. — was sorry to hear her mother had been 
quite ill last summer. 

Don't know if I told you but Marlon Swan- 
nell Wright's young son, Danny, and my off- 
spring are kindergarten pals. Marion reports 
that Dorothy Meyers Rixey is very busy with 
church activities and Peggy Nelson Lloyd with 
civic duties. 

Thelma Jones Baum is now living in Bach- 
elor's Hall, Virginia. I certainly am Intrigued 
with that name. Sounds like a most interesting 
place in which to live. I would like a report 
from Thelma on it. 

As for me, I manage to keep busy. I helped 
direct a play for the Eldred Players this fall. 
Being chairman of the monthly program com- 
mittee necessitates whipping up a play, reading 
some one-act plays or skits periodically — also 
have to produce a monthly play-reading for 
the Play House. 

Had a nice weekend at the Greenbrier at 
White Sulphur this Fall seeing how the other 
half lives — purely business I can assure you 
gals. I was sorely tempted to drive over to 
show Sweet Briar to my husband. 

I've been doing quite a bit of radio w ork 
— a six week series for the Chamber of Com- 
merce last summer, various kinds all Fall in- 
cluding my first Commercials (meaning a pay 
check). At the moment I am working on 
Radio Publicity for the Blood Donor Service of 
the Red Cross and working in the office one 
day a week. In an effort to keep my health 
good for Defense, I get a little relaxation from 
the many various war activities. I keep at my 
badminton four or five times a week. This 
fall, Sarah Merrick Houriet and I with our 
husbands went down to Akron for a tourna- 
ment. Still am an assistant teacher of a music 
appreciation class which is also a restful change 
from other duties. 

1925 
Class Secretary: Laura Graham Hunter 
(Mrs. Harold F.) 706 River Avenue, Rome, 
Georgia. 

Fund Agent: Mary Nadink Pope Phillip? 
(Mrs. Carrington B.) 292+ Berkley Road, 
Ardmore, Pennsylvania. 



Am sorry to have no news of '25 for tlie 
February issue. Just at the time I was pre- 
paring to send out notices, I had to have an 
emergency operation. Am fine now. Sorry 
about the news. Will try to have "extra 
special" letter next time. 

1927 
Class Sicre/iiry: Elsktta Gilchrist, 6515 
York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Florence Shortau Poland 
(Mrs. Addison B.) 34 Plymouth Road, Sum- 
mit, New Jersey. 

News comes of one of our long lost mem- 
bers. Kay Voris is the wife of Major Rupert 
D. Graves and has two daughters, Helen who 
Is eight, and Lei Ian I, sixteen months old. 
Marian Chaffee has changed positions. After 
college she studied library work and for sev- 
eral years was In the Swarthmore College 
Library. For the past eight months she has 
worked In the Philadelphia oflice of the British 
War Relief and now has a position with the 
Group Hospital Service of Wilmington. Let's 
w Ish her luck in the new venture. Many of 
you may not liave heard of the sudden death 
last September of Marg Cramer's father and 
wish to send her your sympathy. Marg now 
has two children, Rllly three and a half and 
Catherine just half that age. It was Marg's 
letter that really inspired me to write for first 
hand information on the real news item of 
this column. As one spinster to you married 
gals a marriage In our ranks when nigh fifteen 
years out of college, Is an event. It gives me 
great pleasure to announce the marriage of 
Pauline Payne to Foster Bachus. Not knowing 
how soon she may lose her husband to the 
army Pauline Is keeping on with her job. 
After years of v\ ork she has been advanced 
to the post of Adjustment Advisor of Excep- 
tional Children and hates to think of ever 
having to give it up. Her husband Is one of 
the field representatives for Owens Illinois 
Glass which requires considerable traveling. 
Pauline has spent several weeks with Madeline 
and says that during the summer Mac, then a 
Lieutenant Commander, In charge of Navy 
recruiting In North and South Carolina, had 
made a record, his section leading the natimi 
In recruits. Kenneth Durham and Jo (Snow- 
den) are building a delightful new home on 
Lookout Mountain In Chattanooga. You re- 
member the twins arri\ed just a year ago Nev\ 
Year's Day and the total is now four. Pauline 
also saw Opie and Ruthie Aunspaugh in Ra- 
leigh and reports all these pals to have de- 
lightful husbands and offspring, and that the 
years have di>ne wonders for all of them! 
They are even more attractive than when at 
S. B. ! What an interesting and inspiring re- 
union this fifteenth of ours should be next 
June, 1942. Seriously I hope many are plan- 
ning now for ways and means of returning to 
college for a few days. Remember If you have 
the will there Is usually a way of getting there, 
and the new day-coach Is a great help, ^'ou 
will be astonished to find how comfortably 
you can travel at half the cost. My Initiation 
was on a Chicago trip this week to hear of 
my professions activities in Camouflage. 1 
saved enougii to buy four little pigs whicli 
should make an extra half ton of pork to feed 
some hungry mouths by next Fourth of July. 
These are busy hectic days for all of us, our 
families at home, and fathers, husbands, and 



Frhri 



1942 



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brothers, in the armcii forces. I am putting my 
house in order for next June, tiie usual office 
\\ ork shdulJ be finished, spring crops planted 
or planned on the farm, and my fingers will 
be crossed against unforeseen demands on our 
Civilian Defense Office. I will be back at Sweet 
Briar for Commencement. I need those days at 
a college which nestles In the hills of Vir- 
ginia. I need to be re-assured of its existence, 
ui its values and of its beauty. It represents 
one of the ideals I'm fighting to defend and I 
know that I shall return home refreshed and 
better able to cope with the problems of living 
in a world at war. May many of you find it 
possible to go back to tins, our Fifteenth Re- 
union. Just think we were Seniors when an 
aeroplane first spanned the Atlantic Ocean. 
Shortle will remember as she made a bet with 
my uncle up in Student Government suite as to 
whether it could be done. An unknown flyer 
had come in from the west while Byrd and 
others awaited favorable weather for the cross- 
ing. The Spirit of St. Louis took off and my 
uncle left for home. He wired us the news of 
the landing in Paris as it was relayed to him 
by an excited Ohio River bridge tender. Many 
momentous events have taken place since and 
should pro\ e interesting topics for conversa- 
tion at a fifteenth reunion. Here's hoping to 
see you. 

1928 
Class Secretary. Virginia Van Winkle Mor- 
ijDGE (Mrs. John B., Jr.) 107 W. Orchard 
Road, Fort Mitchell, Covington, Ky. 
Fund Ageul: Elizabeth Jov Porter (Mrs. 
David) 94H Central Park Avenue, Evanston, 
Illinois. 

This time I have news from as far oflf as 
Chile! The letter was passed on to me from 
the Alumnae Office. Grace Sunderland Kam- 
writes from Santiago: 

"My husband Is here as Assistant Military 
Attache. Santiago is an interesting place to 
live. It seems a million miles from all the 
things we know, encircled as it Is by snow- 
capped mountains. 

"I have run into Margaret Green, ex '29 
here. She has been living here studying Span- 
ish, skiing, and doing a good job of being a 
'Good Neighbor.' I find I could be a much 
better 'Good Neighbor' if I could only speak 
Spanish, however, I hope lliat will come witli 
lime. 

"Before leaving the States I saw Sarah 
Dance Krook who now has a son as well as a 
daughter. She and her family were just about 
ti) move to Houston, Texas. I also saw Amelia 
Woodward '29. She Is now living in Dairen, 
Connecticut." Thank you, Grace, for yoiu" in- 
teresting letter. 

I hear that Katherine liriglubill Blitz has 
adopted a fine little girl. M.iry Lim, who Is 
seven years old. 

Marguerite Hodnett Nk Daniel and her 
family moved to Pensacola last summer. Dr. 
McDaniel Is in special service with the Naval 
Reserve Corps for the duration. 

I had an awfully nice letter from Libby 
Robins Foster before Christmas. Lihbv lives on 
a farm at The Plains, Virginia, and works in 
a bank under her husband. She says: "It's a 
country bank and we do everything but tend 
the furnace, and we do that when the winds 
blow. I've just had the job, the only one I've 
ever had, for a year and a half, so I have an 
awful lot of enthusiasm about it. I've had to 



give up most of my outside daytime activities, 
hut I don't seem to mind very nnich." 

I hear from Mary Huntington Harrison '.^U, 
that Marlon Sumner Beadle has been reported 
safe in Honolulu since the .ittack of December 
7th. 

We had a grand reunion with Bettle Harms 
Slaughter and her husband in November. I 
wish to report that Bettie is even more beauti- 
ful than in Sweet Briar days. 

Anne Beth Price Clark wrote at Christmas 
time that she and Harold had planned to spend 
his second sabbatical leave in South America. 
Now since the war has started, their plans for 
the late winter and spring are uncert-iin. And 
whose aren't? 

Mary Lee Glazier's daughter, Debbie, gave 
her family an awful scare a few weeks ago. 
The young lady swallowed a hobby pin ! How- 
ever, all is well now. 

And that's the news from here! 

1929 
Class Secrelary: Sara Callison Jamison (Mrs. 
John R.) 616 Ridgewood Drive, West Lafay- 
ette, Indiana. 

Futiii Agenf. Meredith Ferguson Smvthe 
(Mrs. Frederick J.) 1701 Cowling Avenue. 
Louisville, Kentucky. 

In this issue I shall honor you with the 
efforts of my pen instead of casting about 
for help. You almost heard from Jo Tatman 
Mason but when I last saw her, I hadn't the 
nerve to ask her. She and Mace were in the 
throes of traveling with their three children 
from Connersville to Des Moines. 

They arrived in Lafayette at noon in time 
to feed the baby. I was leaping about doing 
my household chores — a vision of loveliness. 
Determined not to relax on the reputation of 
Lafayette hospitality, I conjured up several 
sandwiches for the children. For Jo and Mace, 
I ordered barbecues and hamburgers from — 
of all places — The Purdude Ranche! If any 
of you plan to stop with Jamie and me, don't 
say you weren't forewarned! At any rate, the 
conversation left nothing to be desired. We 
had a wonderful time trying to get a year's 
events into an hour's time. Jo and Mace look 
marvelous and their children are adorable. 

.A Christmas card came from Virginia Lee 
Clinch, who is now composing popular songs 
.md lyrics. She says she has recel\ ed encour- 
agement in recent auditions. We'll be listen- 
ing! Late in November Whiz Proctor paid us 
a visit. It was the first time she had been here 
In seven years and you can well Imagine tiie 
tongue-wagging. When we parted after five 
days together, we were literally gasping for 
breath .ind hadn't even gotten a good start. 
My children fell in love with her and have 
talked of lier ever since. Instead of partying 
during Whiz's visit, we sat every evening 
comparing crow's feet around the eyes and 
^ray hair. Does that strike a note in any of 
Vfpur reunions? 

Shortly after the new s went in for the 
October issue, I recei\ ed a card from Nan 
Torian Owens. In her «>wn words, "I must 
lell you how smart I am in my old age ' I 
have a daughter, Sarali Owens, born September 
fifteenth." 

Eleanor Duval! Sprulll, who li\es In Athens 
near Nan, also has a daughter, born May 
twenty-seventh, named Eleanor, and Lisa 
Guigon Shinberger has a daughter, Adelaide, 
born last spring in Richmond. 



From .Anita Peters Burleigh came the news 
that she was sailing for Honolulu In Novem- 
ber. She was to meet her husband who was 
flying from the middle East. They were to 
visit In Hawaii for a while and then; return 
to San Francisco. Has anyone heard from 
.Anita since December? 

We have word from Jean Buchanan Bing- 
ham who writes, "Those school days seem long 
ago tu me — having been a working girl for 
fourteen years — married for eight years, and 
the fond mother of a son six years old and a 
daughter, three years old. Years — Years!" 

.Apparently Jean is on the staff of Cue mag- 
azine as is indicated by her stationery. 

Belle wrote that .Anne Brent Wynn was in 
Chicago recently. They had a nice visit and 
Belle says that Anne is as attractive as ever. 

We want to thank all of you who sent in 
news. I wish there was something we could 
do to encourage more of you to write. Now 
about that penny postal you'\e been thinking 
you'd write? 

1930 
Class Secretary: Mary Macdonald Reynold? 
(Mrs. Jasper A.) 1503 Duncan Avenue, Chat- 
tanooga, Tennessee. 

Fund Agent: Gwendolyn Olcott Writer 
(Mrs. George, Jr.) 21 Fifth Avenue, Nyack, 
New York. 

Lead-ofT girl this time is Carolyn Martin- 
dale Blouin who has a daughter born Novem- 
ber 2Sth. That makes two children and a dog 
named Corky for the former Miss Martindale. 
Well done, Martindale, as Miss Rogers would 
say. Not one to dwell on her own doings over- 
much, Carolyn is the source of a lot of news 
about a lot of other people. Lucy Shirley Otis, 
for instance. Lucy lives In Merlon, Pennsyl- 
vania. While taking a first aid course Lucy 
ran smack into Patsy Jones Muldaur, engaged 
in the same work. Palsy, as beautiful in her 
old age as in her youth, has a son seven and 
a daughter three. Mary Huntington Harrison 
has another daughter and Agnes Sproul a son, 
born in July. The Blouins, to get back to 
them, have bought a house from which you 
can see the Empire Slate on a clear day. 

I had the most flattering letter from Gladys. 
She sounded so heartbroken over missing me 
in New York, that I felt as if I ought to rush 
right back just to make her feel better. Of 
course, she may have been trying to be polite 
but I always try to think the best of myself 
and swallowed her letter whole. Gladys's chil- 
dren arc eight and three now. She said that 
Florence had moved to Cincinnati to live. 
(Uadys sees Kairyne now and then and re- 
ports that Katryne took a trailer trip last sum- 
mer, complete with Inisband and children and 
on her travels saw Merry Curtis. 

A long discourse came from the May Queen, 
a discourse which I treasured inordinately as ii 
was the first one from her in a lt>ng lime. 
.Apparently I didn't treasure it enough for I*ve 
lost it and can't remember what she said. It 
seems she went somewhere and saw somebody, 
I think it was Jo and Stephen Stubbs. Maybe 
I slu>uldn*« have mentioned it if I can*t get it 
straight, but I thought I'd make up to her by 
gi\ing her some notoriety. 

La Belle Prentis has some fancy new air 
mall stationer)*. She had the effrontery to write 
to me on it and it looked so urgent that I 
thought she was getting ready to refugee in 
the Tennessee mountains and wanted me to 



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put hfi- up. However she \\;is only showing 
off her paper. She reported a contact with the 
Stubbs family in New York and gave glow- 
ing reports of our Jo. Evidently Time has 
dealt kindly with Jo, too. And the Stubbses 
have a son, named Townsend. Lindsay also 
has been traveling. She went to Detroit and 
saw Serena who has two children, both well- 
behaved. That is more than can be said for 
their mother in her college days. 

Norvell reports a busy life with her two 
children, a life full of broken bones, which 
says, Mrs. Orgain, gives her "never a dull 
moment". 

In case anybody wants to hear about Jasper, 
he goes to kindergarten now. From his ac- 
counts of school life he does nothing but eat 
and sleep, and learn poetry of the purple cow 
variety. I think he is undoubtedly the brightest 
child in his class, though that is just what I 
think. I'm beginning to sound like Edna Lee 
talking about her twins so I'd better stop. 

1931 
Class Secreiary: Martha von Briesen, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Fund Age7it: Martha McBroom Shipman 
(Mrs. Frank L.) 320 West Franklin Street, 
Troy. Ohio. 

Mindful of the criticisms concerning the 
tone of the class letters, which were made by 
the graduates who returned last October's 
questionnaires, I am constrained to watch my 
step closely in order to refrain from the trivial, 
the banal, the juvenile note! It won't be very 
hard this month because I have hardly any- 
thing to say. 

William Gurney is the name which Mr. 
and Mrs. H. .■\. Dorfeld (Sally Perry, to you) 
gave their son, who arrived on November 10, 
last. Fauber also has a new son, her second, 
according to reports, but I don't know his 
name or his birth date. 

Nancy Worthington writes that Ruth Schott 
McGuire, who was in our class for 2 years, 
came all the way from Leavenworth, Kansas, 
recently to spend a few days resting and 
getting re-acquainted with Sweet Briar, while 
her husband stayed on the job to take care of 
their two children. 

Jo Gibbs DuBois' Christmas card had a 
photograph of her enchanting looking son, 
Jack, two years old and ready to have his 
first tricycle. Jo is still doing social work. She 
says Perry Whittaker Scott's son is over a 
year old. 

When I heard from Nat Roberts Foster at 
Christmas, she and her husband were ready 
to go into the service the minute the call 
came, with pictures down and dishes packed 
away. I suppose a good many more of you 
have been living in expectation for some time, 
and doubtless others of you have already made 
important changes in your lives because your 
husbands have entered the service. Don't for- 
get to let me know where you are, please! 

Jean Ploehn Kaufmann and her husband 
bought an old house last summer and had lots 
of fun remodeling it before they and their 
son and daughter moved in. It seems they are 
more or less in the country, at least they have 
more than an acre of land, and they are look- 
ing forward to a busy summer of gardening 
and canning. 

The Reas (Ginny Cooke) have also moved 
into the 'Suburban regions of Marion, Ohio, 



and Ginny says she gets plenty of exercise 
doing all of her own work and keeping up 
with her very active daughter and a very 
active springer spaniel puppy. She is also 
working with a canteen unit which feeds 
troops going through Marion. 

What arc the rest of you doing, and I don't 
mean knitting, to serve your country and your 
community? Do let me know so that I can 
have something to bolster up this sagging 
column next time. 

1933 
Class Secretary: Frances H. Atkinson, 1 77 
State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 
Fund Agent: Gerry Mallorv, 169 East 
Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey. 

A great deal of credit is due Gerry Mallory 
for her great expenditure of time, energies, 
and certainly the more tangible factor of cost 
of her series of eye-catching, conscience-smit- 
ing postal cards which she sent each of us in 
the Class of '33 last November in an appeal 
for contributions to the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Fund. I am sure that the final contributions 
are from a larger percentage of our class than 
is shown in the October issue of the Alumnae 
News. 

News from Gerry, received near the middle 
of October, goes like this: "My summer was 
one of the best ever — mostly spent on the 
tennis courts of many different clubs in the 
circuit — mixed in with a bit of dancing, party- 
ing, etc. Hetty Wells Finn leaves for Phoenix, 
Arizona on the fifteenth of October — at least 
that was the latest report when I phoned last 
week. I am awfully pleased to report that Fred 
is doing nicely. Enna Frances Brown was in 
town about three weeks ago. Had a long 
luncheon hour with her." 

From Hetty Wells Finn: "We are settled 
now in this nice cactus country (of Phoenix, 
Arizona) in a new little house and fully 
equipped with sun glasses. Necessary things, 
for the sunshine is terrific — very constant, very 
strong, and truly magnificent. We shall be here 
for the winter anyway, returning to Shore- 
ham in the springtime. I think Gerry has 
written you that my husband found he had 
pulmonary tuberculosis. He has been in bed 
since March now, but is doing very well and 
is allowed up two hours a day. However, no 
great loss but some small gain — he has been 
able to make the acquaintance of his children, 
which his internship had nut allowed, and he 
has discovered quite an amazing talent for 
sculpture! He models things in plasticene first 
— portrait heads and small figures, then has 
them cast in plaster, and I am so proud of 
him I could burst! It has been a life saver in 
his enforced inactivity, for one cannot read 
all of the time, and besides, it will furnish him 
with a very satisfying hobby in the future, if 
he ever again has time for it. He will not be 
able to go back to the hospital for another 
year, but lime goes by very quickly. 

"The children are progressing delightfully. 
Jim is not quite four yet; Virginia a year and 
a half, and both most satisfactory. Jim has 
taken horseback riding lessons and can almost 
post by himself. Virginia is a merry child with 
very beguiling ways." 

I am covered with confusion to report that 
Mag Austin Johnson replied in fine fashion to 
my request for news for the June Issue, and 
that only recently did I come across her letter. 
And to punish me thoroughly, the January 



letter which I sent her was returned to me: 
Not at address given in New York City. As 
of June — "Life has been too hectic for me 
lately — so my desk work has suffered badly. 
I haven't gone into ambulance ser\'Ice in Eng- 
land nor risen to buyer for Bergdorf Good- 
man, nor startled the art world with a super 
masterpiece. Just been hunting up prospective 
Endowment Fund contributors in the highways 
and by-ways of New York, trailing through all 
the shops with indefatigable house guests, and 
enjoying my very satisfactory family. One 
husband and one little girl, aged eleven 
months. Peg is a most engaging extrovert with 
real curls. After October first, I don't know- 
where I'll be. Perhaps Chattanooga, where Joe 
will practise medicine. (Ed. 119 East Eighty- 
Fourth Street, New York City). 

From Atlanta, Georgia comes news of Mil- 
dred Redmond. "November 1940 I went up 
to New Jersey to see Margaret Ross Ellice 
and welcome In the new addition. Miss Parry 
Ellice, and pardon If I brag about the room- 
mate's baby, but she really is adorable. In the 
search primarily of a career, I stopped off In 
Atlanta and was given a job right away in the 
Davison-Paxan Company, an affiliate of R. H. 
Macy. I am now assistant buyer for the cur- 
tain, drapery, and interior decorating depart- 
ments. I really love It, and It keeps me busy 
seeing that sales are launched successfully and 
all decorating jobs, upholstery and draperies 
turn out perfectly." 

Lois Foster Moore writes: "My news is nil, 
except for a little work at the Union Jack 
Club (for British Seamen) in New York. Ruth 
Davies Young now lives in Evanston, Illinois, 
and is very busy with the Nurses' Aide Course. 
Mabel Hickman FlaJtz has just moved from 
Shreveport to Houston and bought a new house 
w htch sounds lovely." 

Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts writes: I'm a Pri- 
vate in the .A.merican Red Cross Motor Corps. 
Have taken regular First Aid, now taking 
Advanced. Also Motor Mechanics. Will be 
taking map reading, communications, etc 
Drive our ambulance occasionally. Work with 
the Pelham Council and National Red Cross. 
Have given 152^ hours since November 
seventeenth, plus my car and gas." 

Blanche Davies Barloon tells me that Lang- 
horne looks just exactly the way she did In 
Sweet Briar, only prettier. 

Sara Houston and Hugh Baker have a baby 
boy, Hugh Stephen Baker, II, born October 
twelfth, with blue eyes and brown hair. 

Dot Brett Prentiss writes from Brendon- 
wood, Indianapolis: "Our son and heir's name 
is Peter Brett Prentiss; and his coming into 
my life is quite the most wonderful thing that 
has ever happened to me. 

From Mary Patton Bromfield: "With two 
small girls to look after I feel my first job is 
at home. (A husband comes In there, too, of 
course!) I get down to Red Cross headquarters 
one afternoon a week where I do staff assistant 
w ork. We type and file, man information 
desks, and assist any administration head. On 
another afternoon I attend a class in Home 
Nursing. 

I had a grand letter from Julia Eagles 
Perkins this October and a note on a Christ- 
mas card. She was going out to visit her 
brother Bill who is stationed in Oklahoma and 
just missed the fracas at Pearl Harbor. He was 
ordered to Manila on November twentieth, 
but the orders were revoked at the last minute. 



February, 1942 



29 



Ralph is an air raid warden and we have both 
been attending the courses." 

Kia Ragsdale Easton in Norristown, Penn- 
sylvania, writes: "1 finished a course in First 
Aid and am now taking Motor Mechanics so 
that next month I expect to be a Red Cross 
Motor Corps Member. In between courses, I 
have been doing Staff Assistance work for the 
Norristown branch. I am must interested to 
learn about our classmates who are in foreign 
countries at this time and eagerly await the 
coming issue of the Alimnae News." Kia, I 
hate to let you down, but there just isn't any 
news, to our utter dismay. Good to hear from 
you, however. Won't you write again f 

Jean van Home Baber from Philadelphia 
gives me a quick resume of her activities: She 
will save paper, says she (in apparent great 
haste), is taking advanced first aid, and is 
learning that defense can be politic. 

Mary Bess Roberts writes: I maintain mem- 
bership in the A. A. U. W. as an expression 
of what college women can do. I am interested 
in real estate as a business and so am con- 
cerned about the tax increase although I realize 
that it is a necessary war measure." Mary Bess 
certainly has her hands full if only to help 
run their large home at Nestle Brooke Farms. 

Kitty Gochnauer Slater from Upperville. 
\'irginia has a baby boy, just about three 
months old now, George Nicholas Slater 
(Nicky). Besides being his busy and doting 
mother, I'm doing a bit of defense work in 
di.ing Air Raid duty — "high on a windy and 
cold hill" and am starting a First Aid course 
tomorrow. Somebody might be interested in the 
fact that Margaret Green, ex '29, is in San- 
tiago, Chile. Went there for the skiing last 
June and still stays even though it's now sum- 
mertime, and according to her last letter, the 
peaches, corn, figs, plums, summer clothes and 
drought are there. Had a letter from Kitty 
Howze Made! Ian not long ago. They have, 
from all accounts, built a mansion on Lookout 
Mountain, overlooking Chattanooga. Her sis- 
ter, Ann Gochnauer, '29, is now Director of 
the National Youth Administration for North- 
ern Virginia including seventeen counties." 

From West Point, Virginia, Lib Stuart Grsy 
writes, "My defense wrirk is somewhat limited, 
with my job and housekeeping to do, but we 
arc taking First Aid classes every night, going 
to the Service Club dances at Fort Eustis, and 
standing watch at the air-raid warning filter 
station in tow n. We've done that several 
times. Of course, we are saving every piece 
of scrap paper and metal for the Boy Scouts, 
and buying our Defense Bonds and Stamps. 

"My sister and I decided to give up smok- 
ing and buy Defense Stamps w ith our cig- 
arette money. Pve already gotten one $2^ 
Bond! That sounds like I used to smoke a 
li>t, but it's not quite true. Our Christmas hol- 
idays were shaded with the war in the back- 
ground, and being so near the Norfolk area 
we arc probably more alert than some of our 
inland pals. We had two soldiers with us for 
Christmas Day, who couldn't get to their 
homes in Illinois. 

Hannah Wright Rainier is living in Kort 
Worth, Texas and is crazy about it. Hannah 
in Grammer, I believe. Kenneth and I have 
found all the color, adventure, and satisfac- 
tion we hoped for in this wonderful state. I 
haven't found anv classmates here but Sweet 



Briar is well represented although there is no 
active alumnae club. We have been very active 
in the Little Theatre Group. They have pro- 
duced four very successful plays since last 
June. I enjoyed the part of Renny in "You 
Can't Take It With You." I am taking First 
Aid, then will go into the Motor Corps, also 
knitting and putting all we can into Bonds. 
Wish we could do more." My, my, but it was 
a delightful surprise to hear from Rusty — 
eleven years, now. 

Just about six small blocks from where I 
live in Cambridge is where Blanche Davies 
Barloon has been living since October. "I re- 
ceived your fall letter the day we left New 
Orleans for Cambridge. This drastic and sud- 
den move (it was all arranged in two weeks) 
was due to the defense program and now of 
course the war, as Marvin Is teaching Indus- 
trial Management at the Harvard Business 
School to those who will go into defense in- 
dustries and to the army quartermaster? unit 
and the navy supply corps. We like Boston and 
Cambridge and are enjoying living here, al- 
though right now with near-zero weather, we 
recall too vividly the New Orleans winter 
climate." 

And that, to the minute, is the news such 
as I have received it. 

1934 
Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar Hl-rp (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.) 716 North Church Street, Rock- 
ford, Illinois. 

Ftifid Agent: Mary Skinner Moore, St. Tim- 
othy's School, Catonsville, Maryland. 

I got a little confused on deadlines and my 
news dates from Noxember: please excuse that 
and the lapse from March, 1941, until this 
issue; it's a long, tiresome story abounding 
with house-moving, sickness ad nauseaum. 

It seems to me we are teeming with children 
— forty of various sizes and ages and lots of 
them new ones. 

Judy D. has a young daughter, Janet, born 
in September; they moved into their new home 
February first in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Will 
you send me your new address, Judy' 

Frances Musick said that her second child 
was running a race with Santa Claus; who 
won and w hat did you get, please' Nancy B. 
boasts another red-head in the family; .Anne 
Brow ning was born in September and keeps 
her Ma plenty busy; however, Butzner finds 
time to take Spanish and a trip trt Ne\\ York 
in February. 

Marcia had a son, Franklin Scott, on Octo- 
ber 13; Beanie and her husband bought an 
old farm which they have remodelled and 
between painting and hammering, Beanie had 
.•\nthony Sargent on September >. 

Cordelia and her husband took a trip to 
Florida after young .Archibald III was born 
in July. Margaret Ross Ellice, like Beanie, is 
doing over a farm-house in New Jersey and 
hopes to be in it by spring; meantime, she 
finds year-old Anne Parry taking up a good 
deal of her time. 

Elizabeth Carroll's second child, born May 
18, was a little boy, Richard, Junior. Nan 
Carter speaks nonchalantly of her three boys 
but since the latest addition is news to me, 
can't tell you his name or his age. Will you 
bring me up to date, Nan? 

Mary McCallum Neill's son, Torrey Mc- 
Callum, was born August 20 at the New York 



Hospital where her husband is .Assistant resi- 
dent; she wrote that Bernadine Johnson Foote 
had a son, Stewart, there at the same time; 
also that Betty Philips Hasting's had a daugh- 
ter, Marion, November 21 . 

Eleanor Cooke Eslerly has a daughter, 
Eleanor, born on October 26. Mary Walton's 
little girl is named Mary Livingston and her 
mother writes that she has been busy with 
Community Chest work and politics. 

Eleanor Alcott Bromley and her husband 
made the Grand Tour on their vacation — - 
Washington, Williamsburg, Florida, New Or- 
leans, West Virginia and Maumee and Han- 
son. Her husband is now practising medicine 
and Ellle is back at the Children's Bureau for 
a while. 

Dearing is teaching in Amherst and Sprague 
is running Miss Banister's office with Nancy 
Worthington while the said Miss B. is awa> 
this year. 

Farriss isn't doing newspaper work any 
longer. .Alice visited her this summer; they 
went to New York, then Nantucket. Alice 
visited Ella Jesse in Alexandria on her way 
home. Farriss' brother George is now stationed 
at Fort Eustis, Virginia with the Coa?t Ar- 
tillery. 

Martha Lou had a grand trip to Banfi and 
Lake Louise this summer and is at Colorado 
Springs this winter. Mary Moore is at St. 
Timothy's and tells me that Jill is in Balti- 
more. Doing w hat r .And w here : 

Lib Scheuer Maxwell writes that she spent 
sometime with Cecil and Sue Fender this sum- 
riier; also reports that Mason Daniel lives In 
her apartment in New York. 

Bonney belongs to the "Watch and Ward" 
Girls Club while her husband Is at Fort Knox. 
LydIa writes that she Is taking another course 
in Public Speaking and adding another wing 
to their house. Charlotte Lee Lauck has a third 
baby, Claude Lee. 

Rosemary and her husband drove through 
New England on their vacation; then to New 
York on business. Mary Pringle and Amy 
Davies visited her one weekend and now, just 
to keep busy, Rosemary goes to the Cnlverslty 
of Cincinnati one night a week. 

Julie and her two boys spent part of the 
summer in Sheboyan, Wisconsin, where she 
saw Gail and La Donahue, and part In Vir- 
ginia; she wrote me from New Orleans where 
she was week-ending. 

Bonnie Wood Stookey and Don also saw- 
Cecil this summer on their way home from 
Sea Island — an exchange visit, apparently, as 
Jack and Cecil had been In New York in 
March. Bonnie had her appendix out and a 
trip to San Francisco practically In one breath 
with a stop-over in Chicago for good measure. 

The office writes that Virginia Hall Lederer, 
has a daughter, Louise, born May 17, 1941. 

Margaret Elizabeth was born June twenty- 
first to Elizabeth Collier Wardle. 

Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace has a son 
born in October. 

Alice Estill was married recently to Lt. 
Jullen Palmer Roscmond, First Lieutenant In 
the field artillery. 

Sorry if I have missed any good Items but 
I'll send more cards for the last two Issues 
in .April and June and tr>- to be a little more 
faithful from now on. Will also answer all 
the long letters as soon as possible. 

Where's Sis Franklin Means? 



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1935 

Class SfiTi/ary: Helen Wolcott, 19 West 
Kirke Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 
Fund Agent: Martha Jones Betts (Mrs. 
Reeve H.) 71 V:nk Street, Rrookline, Massa- 
chvisetts. 

It's .1 buy for the James Averys — John 
Dolph, light red hair, blue eyes, 5 pounds, 
born January 3. 

Beverly Hill Furnlss lias a son, John Neil- 
son, born December IS- Bev is planning a visit 
to her parents in Annapolis come spring. 

Gary Burwell Carter is the mother of a 7- 
months old daughter, Anne Burwell. What do 
you mean by liolding out on us, Cary r 

A grand letter from Elizabeth Broun Trout 
informs us that she, too, has joined the rank 
of mothers with a son, Hugh Henry III, born 
Nuvember 15. She is now busily engaged In 
the study of child psychology and bemoans tlie 
fact that she passed it up at S.B.C. Her doctor 
husband has joined a hospital unit and w;i5 
expecting orders any day. 

Gen Howell Gist brings us up to date witli 
the news that she has two young ones — red- 
headed Danny, 23 months, and Carolyn, ID 
months. 

Marge Curtze Vicary has ;i son, Thomas 
Cornish, born In October. The latest addition 
liilses her brood to three. 

Dot Loebmann Geng. nelly lias a son, Wil- 
liiim Anthony, burn December 30. 

Banks McPherson Harper has a son, born 
this month. 

The Cochrans (Ray .-\dler) left Washington 
in August, tripped to Michigan, Chicago and 
hence to Little Rock, wlierc they bought them- 
selves a new house and both Ray and Foster 
are extremely happy to be back in their home 
town. 

News at last from Sallie Flint von K.a nn : 
"After 2 years in the Islands the \ on Ranns 
got orders for Ft. Sill, Oklalionia. Sorry tu 
leave a heavenly place but glad to get home 
and see families. 6 weeks before we sailed we 
took a beach cottage with 2 other Army 
couples and *went native' — good fun." After 
reaching the C. S. last March the von Kann-; 
\ islted in Boston, where they encountered the 
first cold weather in two years. New York and 
Florida. Sallie spent two months with her 
mother at Daytona Beach while her husband 
was on maneuvers. They were unable to obtain 
quarters on the post so got a house In Lawton, 
"unpacked our duds, bought an ice-box, sto\e 
and breakfast set and here we are at home- 
no money, no children, but Von is a Captain 
now, and we have a ten weeks old cocker 
spaniel." In addition to keeping house in a 
five-room little number, Sallie Is taking Span- 
ish and performing her duties as president of 
Army Daughters. She reports having seen 
Hester Kramer Avery. 

Johnnie Kimball Miller has again changed 
her address. Her husband volunteered his ser- 
vices to Uncle Sam and is stationed in \'ir- 
ginla. 

Mary Marks is busier than the proverbial 
bee with her work for the Alumnae Fund, and 
struggling with her care-free hair-do, which, 
says Mary, is not as care-free as the ads would 
have you believe. She writes that Ginny Gott 
Gilbert was caught in a blizzard at Christmas 
time en route to Texas after a visit at home; 
and that Pood Morrison Ruddcll manages to 
combine her work as education chairman on 



the Board of the Junior League, and as a Board 
member of the Children's Bureau of Indianap- 
olis with keeping track of Nancy, age 14 
months, who showed definite signs of being a 
Briarite when listening to Sweet Briar on the 
Air! 

Mary also sent me the sad news tliat Helen 
Jackson Hagan had lost her husband in an 
automobile accident January 2+th. Helen has 
been in Florida w Ith her family but is now- 
back in Mount Vernon at 1 '> Sheridan Boule- 
vard. 

Betty Cotter Gilmore has joined the Ithaca, 
New York contingent for the nonce while her 
husband Is getting his doctor's degree. The 
Gil mores had a w onderful vacation on the 
west coast In the not too distant past. They 
spent part of their time on a camping trip at 
Yosemlte and part getting acquainted w ith 
New Mexico. Betty's husband was scheduled 
to go to Uganda, British East Africa in No- 
vember for a three-year assignment in yellow 
fever research work for the Rockefeller Foun- 
dation- But the Government refused to grant 
Betty a passport. 

Roberta Cope Gerlach is combining teach- 
ing, housekeeping and Red Cross work. She 
writes that Mary Templeton has established 
herself In a growing business of ceramics — 
complete wtlh studio. Kitty Taylor Manning 
and husband have bought a lovely old farm 
near Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where 
they plan to raise Black Angus cattle. Appro- 
priately enough, they ha\ e named their place 
Angus Acres. 

Lida Votgt Young and Jackie Strickland 
Dwelle had a brief reunion when Lida went 
to Miami to the Orange Bowl game. Lida has 
just recovered from her two childrea's ton- 
sillectomies. 

-Alice Laubach is most enthusiastic about her 
work with the Buckeye Cotton Oil Company 
and Is looking forw ard to the convention of 
the American Chemical Society in April. She 
hopes that she will have a chance tu sec other 
Sweet Brla rites who might come to Memphis 
either as chemists or wives of chemists. 

Sue Strassburger Anderson spent Christmas 
with her family in Montclair and writes of the 
joys of driving from Wayne in tlic station 
wagon loaded to the gills w ith daughter, 
W-ronica, her bathlnette, baby carriage, etc., 
and cocker spaniel and German Shepherd pup. 
Husband Fred is now a co-pilot for Eastern 
.Airlines on the New ark- Washington run. 

How does Gen Grossman Stevens glean so 
much news without benefit of the well-known 
penny postals: She and daughter Leslie Gale 
went to Red Bank, New Jersey, to visit her 
parents for a month before Christmas. She 
drove down to Wayne f(n' luncheon with Sue 
one day and to White Plains for a get-to- 
gether with Cynthia Harbison Hcye another 
day. Gen and Cynthia spent the afteniuon 
watching their Leslies get acquainted. Jean 
Bessellevre Boley Is living in New York with 
Rusty and working on her thesis. Rusty teaches 
Mat St. Mary's two days and works in her 
I studio the rest of the week. 

1936 

jC/rf5J Secretary: Lillian Cabell Gay (Mrs. 
Ijames R.) 3412 Hawth()rne -Avenue, Rich- 
Imond, Virginia. 

IF/(«./ Agent: Mary Virginla Gamp Smith 
■ (Mrs. Charles, Jr.) Raleigh Apartments, 
iRaleigh, North Carolina. 



How strange it is to have nowhere for a 
home and anywhere for a destination! Jim's 
orders to report for active duty reached us in 
Rochester Minnesota, shortly after Christmas 
and we wore our tires slick driving east over 
the icy roads in temperature twenty-eight de- 
grees below zero. 

Our first stop in the east was with the Gays 
In Swarthmore. I called Esther Towle, who 
lived nearby, in another attempt to see her, 
but she was busy moving out of the industrial 
section to a house on Miss Amy Du Font's 
farm to raise her young son and start a veg- 
etable garden. She said Midge had recently 
visited her and was back in Hollywood, work- 
ing hard and devoting her defense efforts to 
the -Ambulance Corps. 

Baltimore was the next stop, and I called 
Fran Owen to learn from her mother that 
John had departed and that Fran Is planning 
to give up her job in Baltimore and stay in 
Charlottesville for the duration. After leaving 
Jim at Fort Meade, I went to Richmond for 
a visit, where Kitty Hyde cheered me by gath- 
ering friends at her home for a cup of tea. 
Logan was unable to come as she was away. 
She was to return to Augusta with her very 
young daughter to stay while Bill is In the 
service. Jackie and Kitty were discussing their 
work with Scouting and Red Cross and at- 
tended a drill of the Motor Corps, in which 
they have the rank of Corporals. As part of 
the training, Maria Gray had just offered her 
car engine to be taken apart; and as it hasn't 
run since, she is a little skeptical. Her daugh- 
ter, Calvin, is just on the verge of walking 
and keeps Maria Gray quite busy. Pinkie, also 
among the group for tea has completed several 
First Aid courses and will become an Instruc- 
tor soon. This winter she has been skiing, and 
has become an expert huntress — seventeen 
shots, ten ducks. I had a peek at son Friday, 
who was much too busy walking and investi- 
gating the world around him to be excited 
over plans for their trip to Florida this month. 

Katie Nlles Parker, who is temporarily at 
46 Glen Road, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, 
with her growing family, may live in Virginia 
soon. 

Marjorie Wing, who became a Junior 
Leaguer this year, was married to Dr. James 
Wallace Todd, of Belton, South Carolina on 
the afternoon of February 14. Marjorie will 
make her home on Staten Island, New York, 
where Jimmy Is connected with the Marine 
Hospital. 

Virginia has been working hard on the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Fund and also at the 
Air Raid Warning Filter Center in Raleigh 
three hours a morning, twice a week. 

Kin Carr Baldwin is all out for defense 
work In Norfolk, which she says is a beehive 
of activity, while her husband is again In 
Richmond for the Legislature as a delegate from 
Norfolk. She said that Mary Kate Sinclair 
now has two children and that her husband Is 
in the .Army at Camp Walters in Weatherford, 
Texas. 

Gallic Furnlss Wolfe has a second child, too 
— Martha Neilson, who was born September 
23. Johnnie Is now two years and four months. 
Paul is busy with defense orders at Revere 
Copper, and Callie Is doing Red Cross work. 

News of other additions has come to me 
through the Alumnae Office. Nancy Parsons 
Jones has a daughter, Suzanne Van Dyke. 
Chloe Frierson Fort has twins — a boy and a 



February, 1942 



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^Mrl. Willletta Tliunipson is now Mrs. Clement 

Floyd Scofield. 

three hours a morning, twice a week. 

Lucile Cox is teaching Latin and English at 
Amherst High School, and often sees Mary 
Hesson Pettyjohn, whr) is continuing teaching 
.It Madison Heights. 

Another recruit to our news colunni is .-Vbhy, 
who says she has left her father's store and is 
working for a resident buyer's office in New 
York, and is one of the few lucky people who 
still work on a five day week. On the subway 
trips to and from work she is busy knitting 
for the Red Cross. 

Another surprise was a card Imin Dodie 
Hurrill, who is wtnking on Ciovernor's Island 
for the .Army and liking it ever so nnich. She 
still has an apartment with .-Vniie MacRae in 
Xew York and they just had news from Mag- 
gie two weeks ago. The letter was postmarked 
in October from Shanghai, where Maggie is 
interned with her English husband. 

Peg Usher writes that she and Don are 
>till in New York as his having to wear 
glasses barred him from active duty with the 
Naval Reserve. They are busy struggling 
against priorities for wiring to complete their 
"barn" in Massachusetts. 

Peg Lloyd Bush and her husband t7io\ed 
last month into their most attractive new home 
in Essex Falls, New Jersey. She entertained 
Peg Usher, Happy .Aycock, and Jean Gilbert 
Moister this summer. 

Peg said that Jean and Robert h.ive ino\ed 
to Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Lib Forsythe's husband is already at sea. She 
iias taken her two little girls and is staying 
w itli her mother in Lynchburg, visiting Harry 
whenever he touches the U. S. Coast. 

Jane Marquardt Murphy's husband lias left 
for parts unknown with the medical corps. 

Phoebe Pierson Dunn's little girl, Susie, had 
her second birthday a few weeks ago, and 
.Alma says she's adorable. 

.And now for Alma's big scoop! Ricky ar- 
rived on December 10, 1 94 1. 

Get your pens out, gals. There's another 
issue in April and wherever and whatever, 
let's keep up the good work. My temporary 
address is The Elms, Jessup, Maryland, which 
is an attractive guest house, recommended by 
Duncan Hines, on U. S. Route No. 1. I'd love 
to see you if driving between Baltimore and 
Washington. All mail will be promptly for- 
warded to me from Richmond. Good luck ! 

1937 
Class St-cretitry: .Anne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Finitl Agetii: Virginia Hardin, 373 Hazel 
.Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois. 

What we lack in quantity we make up in 
quality this time. Nice exciting news fnuii 
several sources. 

For instance, tliere's Grisy Deringer's nice 
hmg letter from Windsor, Ontario. It came a 
little late for the last issue but is most wel- 
come now. Grisy, you know, was married In 
the fall to Count Konstanty Plater (nickname 
Kot). Because of difficulty in his getting a visa 
to the United States they were married in 
Windsor at a military service which the Gen- 
eral attended. Kot joined the Polish forces in 
Canada in September and they were married 
as soon as the army gave him permission. They 
are staying at the Prince Edward Hotel until 



they find an apartment, in case any of you 
ever get up that way. 

And then there is Sue Matthews who mar- 
ried Mr. Waldo Stanislaus Powell on Decem- 
ber 20tli. Kay Eshlemao furnished the details. 
The groom is originally from Florida and 
went to school in New Orleans, and has been 
working there as an engineer for several years. 
Sue wore pale pink satin, and tulle veil, and 
carried pink camellias, and must have looked 
lovely. Eshey was her only attendant in pale 
blue and carried rhubrum lilies. Gurley Carter 
Davis couldn't get there at the last moment. 
They were married in a chapel midst pink 
dowers and candlelight, and drove to Cali- 
fornia on their honeymoon. They will prob- 
ably live in Biliixi, Mississippi, but as plans 
are indefinite Sue better be addressed at home 
in New Orleans. 

Other news from Eshey is that Gurley is in 
.Annapolis with her three children. Her hus- 
band is on sea duty. Dina Newby Adams and 
Gene visited in New Orleans on their way to 
vacation in Florida, and displayed darling 
pictures of their children. Kay is still working 
for the branch of the Arthur Murray School 
of Dancing, doing some teaching in addition 
to acting as receptionist, interviewer, and 
bookkeeper. 

And then there is Nat Hopkins who became 
Mrs. John Edgar Griggs, Jr., on January 9th. 
They had planned to be married in the spring 
but as he was recalled to the .Army they rushed 
it up a little. By the time you read this Nat 
will have been a bridesmaid in Issy Olmstead's 
wedding. Issy married Starrs Haynes in 
January. 

Mary Helen Frueauff married Lt. Charles 
Thackery Klein on November 13th. 

May Weston says that Sev and Peter Dyer 
Sorensen's new home is just as charming as 
it appears on their Christmas card; and that 
their young son, whose arrival on December 
15th Sev proudly announced on said Christmas 
card, is adorable. 

Terry Shaw seems to be really up to her 
ears in defense work. She took time just 
before Christmas to work in a Doubleday 
Doran book shop, and saw May, Issy, Bobby 
Jarvis, Dot Prout Gorsuch, and Lee Hall 
Cramer at the Sweet Briar luncheon. 

Nat Lucas Chase is still the happy house- 
wife, reporting how cute Mait was at Christ- 
mas, and how Bettis has taken her first step. 
Smart child, just like her godmother. My jcjb 
continues to be grand, and with war time con- 
ditions it keeps me completely occupied. See 
you in the spring. 

A last minute letter. May Weston was 
married on February 14th at a small church 
wedding. 

1939 
Class isciri-tary: Anne Benedict, Highlami 
.Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey. 
Fund Agcuf. Janet Thori'e, 511 Heywood 
Road, Pelham Manor, New York. 

I made some wonderful new year's resolu- 
tions about writing to more of you so's to 
ferret out the latest news but the resolutions 
turned out to be very similar to study schedules 
and such that we used to make — the time 
whipped by and here 'tis time for another 
letter. 

Robert E. Lee's Birthday (January nine- 
teenth, remember') was a wonderful occasion 
for It Inspired Henri Minor to write to me. 



She reports that Happy James Wathen and 
husband spent part of Christmas with the 
James family in Charlotte, and that Lillian 
Neely will be married in .April. Henri is work- 
ing hard at Motor Corps — learning drill, map 
reading and chemical warfare at the Air base, 
not to mention entertaining the army who 
bivouac around Cliarlotte constantly. (Correct 
me If I'm wrong — my army talk isn't what it 
should be.) 

Betsy Durham Goodhue is in Boston seeing 
.1 lot of Eleanor Clatiin Williams. Albie Good- 
hue is in the Naval Reserve, which fact leaves 
Betsy lots of time. 

Jean McKenney is now Mrs. John C. Stod- 
dard. Jcanie wrote around Christmas, "Despite 
reports to the contrary, we were married in 
Colon, Panama (on December twelfth). The 
church there just couldn't be sweeter. The 
ship docked at ten in the morning, and we 
were married at 2:30 that afternoon — and 
then got back on the boat — me in my wedding 
dress. Call is a dream spot. You'd adore It. 
More charm and beauty than you can Imagine, 
and you should sec our little house with gar- 
denias growing all over the place. Our maid 
is four feet tall, never wears shoes and wears 
a long braid all the way down her back. She 
does all the laundry, the cooking, the house 
work and the marketing for $12 a month! 
The weather is hot at noon and cool at night. 
My Spanish is slightly on the difficult side, 
but a smile goes a long way further than in 
New York, thank goodness! See Jean's picture 
in February MademoisclU. 

EUie George Frampton is still in New Or- 
leans. I had a letter from her the day before 
she was to go to the Sweet Briar luncheon 
there. I missed the luncheon in New York this 
year, as New York is rather a long haul from 
Newark during lunch hour. However, I'm 
being transferred to our New York office 
effective February second so maybe next year 
I can make the grade. The address Is Insurance 
Company of North America, 99 John Street, so 
please, if you are in town, call me and we'll 
get together somehow ! .And if anyone who 
reads this is working down town please call 
ine and let's meet for lunch. 

I understand that Robin Swartz Holland 
has a son and that Skip (lordon Rlxey has a 
new baby daughter born Christmas day (her 
first daughter, Barbara, was born on Easter.) 
Ibby, Skip's husband. Is stationed at Lakehurst 
with the Navy in the Blimp division. 

Kathcrine Kleberg is now Mrs. William 
Blake ^'arborough. Marily Barnes was married 
lo Richard Lewis, who at the time was st.i- 
tloncd at Waterlown, New ^'ork, and has 
since been transferred to the Pacific coast. It's 
going to be awfully hard to keep tab on you 
service wives. Bucket Dearstyne Is working 
very hard on her Social Workers course in 
New York and loves it. 

Yvonne Leggett Dyer had a temporary job 
before Christmas with the Rcadfrs Digest. 

Please, all of you, give me a call on the 
phone or barring that possibility, drop me a 
line. Much love to all of you, .Annie. 

Engaged ; 

K.iy Bonssall to Mr. John Van Renssalaer 
Strong. 

Jean Moore to Hugh Black Gasparini. 

Lillian Neely to Peter Willis. 

Margaret Roper lo George Alan Willis. 



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!940 

Class Secretary: Nida Tomlin, 362 ^ Handa- 
syde Court, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: CoNSTANct Currie, 698 West 
End Avenue, New York, New York. 

Unpredictable Phoopy has done it agaiti ! 
Her marriage to Mr- Henry Hopkins Living- 
ston, Jr., of New York was highly exciting 
and dramatic. Henry got his orders to report 
at Maxwell Field for training in the Air 
Corps. Within twenty-four hours the amazing 
Burroughs family had arranged a church wed- 
ding and a reception, gotten bridesmaid dresses 
and contacted the guests. At two o'clock, 
Queen Maria was walking serenely up the 
aisle looking lovely in a soft cherry suit with 
a gardenia corsage. After the reception, 
Phoopy bravely put her brand new husband 
on the train for Maxwell Field, accompanied 
by three soldiers. Phoopy \\ill continue work- 
ing in Richmond at least until Henry has 
finished his course. 

Beth, like Phoopy, invited her wedding 
guests by telephone. She was married quietly 
in Bluefield on January tenth to Dr. Tate 
Mason of Seattle, Washington. I don't know 
any more details, hut do know that Tate at- 
tended the University of Virginia Medical 
School and is a grand person. 

Marion Daudt married Thomas W. McBride 
on December the twenty-sixth. 

News of the "young married set" is that 
Jane Hopkins Haynes has an attractive house 
just outside of Winston-Salem. Lois Fernley 
MacNeil is established In an adorable farm 
house at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. 
Kitty Estes Johnston is living in New Orleans, 
because Gilbert is In the army now. Sarah 
Mayo Sohn Is happier than ever and working 
away for her book-writing professor. Jane 
Furniss Simpson loves living in Richmond, 
but expects to have a short visit in Selma this 
month. Mose Is living in Alexandria and 
Canny Pasco is still there too, in spite of 
reports that she had moved to Georgia. Helen 
Cornwell Jones is living In Cincinnati. She is 
busy cooking delectable dishes for Homes. 

Ann Sims is working like fury in her book 
shop, what \\ ith clearance sales and inven- 
tories, the shop seems to be a huge success as 
it has been enlarged and has added another 
girl to its staff. Ruth Beach has just finished 
exams at Columbia and Is doing well as usual. 
Mary Miller is working toward an M.A. in 
Medical Social Work. Mary Is doing thesis 
and field work at the Massachusetts General 
Hospital. Ellen McClIntock is with the Ora- 
torio Society of New York. Ollle Mae has 
turned school "marm". She is teaching typing 
and shorthand at the Goldey Business College 
In Wilmington. Mary Petty is being extremely 
industrious since she has a job with an Italian 
magazine during the day she has been prac- 
tically drafted by the army to work In the 
Information Center plotting the courses of 
planes on maps. 

Olivia, Midge, Coralie, Jane Goolrick, 
Peggy Caperton, and Kay Hodge are still 
slaving away at their Business courses. As a 
flash one of the little birds told me that 
Alice Gass was asked to cut her hair off 
and have her picture taken for "Life" — 
decision still in the offing. Ann Adamson 
has continued to carry on her social service 



activities and sandwich in some gay affairs 
at the same time. Florence Merrill is doing 
volunteer work for the Travelers* Aid and 
has just finished her Junior League Provi- 
sional training. Jane Baker writes most In- 
terestingly of her position In the Department 
of State, In the division which deals with Nazi 
and Pro-Nazi activities in this hemisphere. 
To quote Jane, "little did I think when I sat 
around the table In Mrs. Raymond's History 
324, that I would be seeing such grim history 
being made right under my very nose less than 
two years later." Jane's evenings are filled by 
the Red Cross and a Naval Officer. Jane 
brings the good news that Ruth Collins and 
Jean Tyree Wilman are safe and well In 
Honolulu. Rosemary Bjorge returned to the 
United States on the last boat from Hawaii 
which left the Islands on December the fifth. 
Hortense has had a thrilling time learning tu 
fly. She has a private pilot's license and flew 
to Charlotte on her cross country. In October, 
at the Chattanooga Cotton Ball, Hortense saw 
Mildred Moon (and husband) and participated 
In the Ball with Pickard and Nancy Hasklns. 

Engagements : 

Sandra Booth to Ralph Anderson. 

C. p. Neel to George Mahoney. 

Estelle Sinclalrc to Frederic B- Farrar. 

Nida Tomlin to Robert Crenshaw Watts, Jr. 

Parge Woods to John Gillette. 

1941 

Class Secretary: Joan de VoRt, 3135 Victoria 
Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Patricia Dow ling, 95 Genesee 
Street, New Hartford, New York. 

'Way back In the fall around Founders' Day 
there was quite a contingent of '41 to trip in 
the Academic Procession — hoods n'all. Shirley 
Devlne, Peg, and I arrived before anyone else 
and received the first of the royal welcomes 
that everyone gave us. The next day, Thuisday, 
a great group arrived: Doucett, Butch, Shirts, 
Edge Cardamone, and Louise (Kirk) Headley. 
Ellie Damgard Firth and Helen Anne Haus- 
lein un domesticated themselves for a spell. 
Dotty Bennett and Lil Rreedlove tore them- 
selves away from Richmond and Alpine de- 
serted her teaching for the day. MImi accom- 
plished the art of driving this fall, so she 
and Chee-Chee rolled onto campus In tine 
shape. Decca and Scully came over from 
C'ville from their studies for the P & P play. 
We dared the Inner sanctums of the llbe to 
get a look at Jimmy McBee and Do Huner 
at work. So we all had a gay time together. 
We talked or yelled ourselves hoarse. 

Again we have many bells ringing — both 
engagement and wedding. Janie Clark became 
Mrs. Thomas Harlrlch on December 1 3th and 
Mag Johnston is now Mrs. James P. Rowan. 

Lillian Breedlove married Logan White on 
January second. Log, as you know, Is Mary 
White's brother, so Erk's erstwhile room-mate 
now becomes sister-In-Iaw. Erk was mald-of- 
honor — she wrote that the ceremony was lovely 
and that old Lump shook like a leaf. Janie 
Lo\'eland zipped down for the wedding after 
having recently returned from Fort Benning 
herself. 

February 14th seems about as popular for 
weddings as was August 28. LIbby Lancaster 
will marry William Washburn on that date 
and Ruth Hemphill will marry John De Buys. 



Virginia Ligon is Mrs. James W. Spencer 
II, living also at Fort Benning. Adelc Diaz 
has announced her engagement to G. V^ernon 
Eads. 

Christmas brought some nice notes from the 
gals — Teaff wrote of a siege of appendicitis 
this fall; Nancy Gatewood Warnock Is work- 
ing hard at Red Cross and Junior League. 
Lucy Parton had been to school for the Senior 
Show and then gone on for a visit with Anita 
Loving. 

Gertrude MarrlU sent me a good letter say- 
ing she was at Charlottesville "not only for 
the fun of It but also doing a little research in 
psychology." She adds that if anyone wants to 
stay In C'vIlIe come any time at 1 005 Wert- 
land Street, C'ville. 

Every one seems to be very busy in one way 
or another. Evie Cantey, beside going to Bus- 
iness School, is doing Junior League work. 
Betsy Tower Is also Junior Leaguing. Libba 
Hudson is one of the busiest: besides getting 
off the required courses In education for a 
teacher's certificate, along with a course in 
Latin she Is studying organ and taking two 
music courses, and at the same time is playing 
a church organ every Sunday. Ethel James has 
a job as clinic aide In the New York Hospital. 
Martha Ingles has found Panama very excit- 
ing — particularly the part in uniform, she says. 
Chee-Chee has a good job with the Red Cross- 
clerical-secretarial work. Katherlne Spatz has 
moved out to Alexandria and Is with the War 
Department. Cheech wrote that Lucy Lloyd 
stopped by that to see her on her way to a 
conference at Sweet Briar. Margaret Stuart 
Wilson is teaching school in Texarkana. 

TIsh ( Queen ) Seibels writes of the gay 
whirl she, Franny Baldwin and the other 
Birmingham debs had — with 150 some odd 
parties all given in two months. Tish says 
"now we're going to make up for playing so 
hard by working with all our might doing war 
w ork." 

Butch wrote that Franklin goes to Camp in 
the near future and during the Interim she is 
taking a post-graduate course which keeps her 
"pulenty" busy. Allen Bagby is still at the. 
Interboro Institute. Watty Is taking a Business 
Course at the Merrill Business School In 
Stamford, Connecticut. Barbara Holman is 
doing the same in Wellesley. Emmie Lou is 
up to her ears in war work and in addition 
she has a job working for the Red Cross Field 
Director at Langley Field. 

Lou Lembeck kept busy all fall playing 
hockey (Ed: Lou was married on February 
seventh to Mr. Charles Vincent Reydel). Shvrts 
has given up Business School and is at present 
doing some basketball coaching In Swarth- 
more. The last I heard B. J. McNarney was 
working hard at Katy Gibbs in Boston. 

Peg visited Kirk before Christmas and re- 
ported her well established In Rockford, Illi- 
nois, where Bull Is in the Medical Replace- 
ment Corps at Camp Grant. 

Listen you all — please drop me a card about 
what you're doing. You've been swell so far, 
so keep it up. 

As we go to press, a card from Gertrude 
Marlll tells us that she has resigned her fel- 
lowship at ihe University oi Virginia to go 
to Louisiana State University with a graduate 
assistantshlp. Cynthia Harrison's engagement 
announced to Albion Drinkwater. 



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COMMENCEMENT— JUNE 6-9, 1942 



DOROTHY PROUT GORSUCH, '3: 

President ot the Reunion 
Hostess Class-Toastmistress 
of the Alumnae Banquet 



Commencement Program 

JUNE 6-9, 1942 

Saturday, Ji'ne 6 

1:30-4:00 P.M. — Alumnae Registration, Fergus Reid Hall 

5:00 P.M.— The President's Garden Party, Boxwood Circle 

7:30 P.M. — Alumnae Banquet, The Refectory 

Sunday, June 7 

1 1 :00 A.M. — Baccalaureate Sermon — Reverend Arthur L. K 
Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey 




insolving, 



D.D. 



2:30 P.M. — Meeting of Club Presidents and Representatives 
Fletcher Auditorium 

5:00 P.M.— Step Singing, The Quadrangle 

6:00 P.M. — Vespers — President Glass, in the West Dell 
Reunion class picnics, time and place to be announced 

10:00 P.M.— Lantern Night, The Quadrangle 

Monday, June 8 

10:30 A.M. — Meeting of combined Alumnae Councils 

1 :00 P.M. — College Luncheon, Sweet Briar Gardens 

2:30 P.M. — Alumnae Association Meeting, Fletcher Auditorium 

8:00 P.M. — Dean Lyman, presented by the Ahnnnae 

"The Liberal Arts College in the National Emergency" 

Fletcher Auditorium 

Tuesday, June 9 

9:45 A.M. — Forming Academic Procession 

10:00 A.M. — Commencement Exercises 

Address by Dean Helen C. White, Professor of English 

University of Wisconsin 

Caroline Compton, '27, has accepted an invitation to exhibit her 
paintings and water colors during Commencement' 

They will be shown in Grammer Common Room June 1-9. 



ALUMNAE NEWS 
SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 

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ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS M.ATTER NOVEMBER 23, 1931, AT THE POSTOFFICE AT SWEET BRIAR, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1879. 

THE ALUMN.AE .NEWS IS A MEMBER OF THE .AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 



Volume XI 



April, 1942 



Number 3 



Helen H. McMnhon, Editor 



The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Alunnia Motihtr of the hoard of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugeni.i Griffin, MO) 

5906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Representatives on Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, M5 

21 Foxcroft Road, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Term Expires May, 1943 

Mrs. Joseph Winston Cox, Jr. 

(Edna Lee, '26) 

525 Queen Street, Alexandria, Virginia 

Term Expires May, 1946 

President 

Mrs. Robert H. Scannell 

(Fanny Ellsworth, '21) 

50 Parkway West, Mount Vernon, New York 

First Vice-President 
Gertrude Prior, '29 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Second Vice-President 

Mary Petty Johnston, '40 

40 East 88th Street, New York, New York 

Executive Secretary 

Helen McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Cfiainrtan Atutnnae Fund 
Mary V. Marks, '35 
Sucet Briar, Virginia 



Members of the Council 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Mary Bissell, '17) 

608 Linds.iy Road, Wilmington, Delaware 

Mrs. E. C. Ivey, Jr. 

(Eugenia Goodall, '25) 
3827 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 

(Elizabeth Prescott, '28) 

1202 Parkway East, Utica, New York 

y Mrs E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '30) 

Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Martha \-on Briesen, '31 

4436 North Stowell .Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 



Contents 



Frontispiece — Dean Mary Ely L'sman 
Institute of National Need? and Resources 

Library Exhibit 

On Campus — W^e Ql'ote the Sweei' Briar News 

College ^^'oMEN Needed at Once 

Across the President's Desk 



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A Letter from St. Thomas Claudia Montague Sweenex 14 



ALtfMN.-VE IN 'THE NeWS 

College Calendar 

The Faculty Club 

May Day 

Class Notes 

Facts and Figures Continued 



Martha von Brles 



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Alumnae Office 

Icul tea glasses, $6.00 
per dozen, $.60 each 
( plus postage ) . 



Vai 



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Cigarette boxes, $1.25 
each. 



Ash tra\s 



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Finger bowls, $1(1.(1(1 per 
dozen, $1.0(1 each. 

Get Yours Soiu! 



Sweet Briar China plates available in all shades. 
Small supply of other pieces. Write the alumnae office. 




Dean Lyman will be the alumnae guest speaker on Monday, 
June eighth, in Fletcher Auditorium. Her subject will be 
"The Liberal Arts College in the National Emergency." 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS 

Volume XI April, 1942 Number 3 

Institute of National Needs and Resources 

SWEET BRIAR APRIL lU, 11, 12, 1942 

Tau Phi Assisting 

All Sessions in the Chapel 

Friday, April IOih 

2:30 P.M. Presiding— Prcsklent Glass 

National Nca-ds and Resources — Judge Dorotlu' Keinon, New '^'ork Cit\- 

4:30-5:30 P.M. Discussion Groups 

S:00 P. .M. Presiding — Miss Eugenia Burnett 

(President of Student Government) 
Mobilizing Material Resources — Colonel Paul Logan, Quartermaster General's (Office 
Mobilizing Human Resources — Dr. A. Ford Hinrichs, Acting Commissioner of Labor Statistics 
Question Piiiirl: Col. Logan, Dr. Hinrichs, Mr. Hugh R. Pomenn , Director V^irginia State 

Planning Hoard; Dr. Boone, Miss Williams 

Saturday, April IIth 
K:30-9:3() A. M. Discussion Groups 

1(1:30 A.M. Presiding — Dr. Gladys Boone 

Industry and \\'^ar Work — Miss Beulah Amidon, Industri.al Editoi-, Snri'ry Grtipinc 

The Cost of tile War — Dr. J. Theodore Morgan, Adjunct Professor of Economics and Sociology, 

Randolph-Macon Woman's College 
Question Panel: Dr. Boone, Miss Amidon, Di'. Morgan; Mi'. Ames B. Hettiick, Virginia 

Chemical Company; Dr. Raymond, Dr. Cameron, Dr. Robert D. .Meade, Randolph-.Macon 

\\'oman's College 

4:30-5:30 P.M. Discussion Groups 

S:(l(l P. .M. Presiding— Dr. Belle Boone Beard 

Health and Nutrition — Dr. Helen Mitchell, Nutritionist, Federal Secin-it\' .Agencv 

Changing Social Institutions — Dr. Goeffrey May, .Assistant Directoi', Health, W^elfarc and 

Defense, P'ederal Security Agcnc}' 
Question Piinel: Dr. Be.ird, Dr. .Mitclull, Dr. .\]a\ ; .Mi'. Elwood Street, Director Richmond 

Communit\ Fund; .Mr. Paul N. Guthrie, Rnndolph-.M.icon Wnman's Collei:e; Dr. Rice, 

Dr. Krassovsky. 

Sunday, April 12rH 

111:1111 .\.M. Presiding — Dr. Marion J. Benedict 

The Churcli in Crisis — The Reverend Hern.ird hidings Ijell, Providence, Rhode Island 
Responsibiht\' of Religion in the peace and Reconstruction — The Reverend Russell C. Stroup, 

First Presb\tcrian Church, Lynchburg, Virginia 
The Relation of Personal Religion to the Strength of tin Church — Dean Mar\ E]\- L^man 
Question Ptmrl: Dr. Benedict, Dr. Bell, .Mr. Stroup, I)e;in L\m.in, Dr. L\iiian, Dr. Crawford 

5:1S P.M. Musical Vespers — I'residcnt Glass and the Sweet Briar College Choir 



Alumnae News 




LEFT TO RIGHT: COLONEL LOGAN, EUGENLA BURNETT, 
JVDGE DOROTHY" KEN^'ON. AND DR. A. F. HINRICHS 



The Institute on National Needs and Resources was 
held at Sweet Briar from Friday, April tenth to Sunday, 
April twelfth to inform the community, point up the 
the needs of the country and show the part the community 
plays in a war economy. 

The three-dav Institute is over, but quoting the Sweet 
Bruir Ncius, "far into the night and all through the day, 
groups are still discussing, still debating the many issues" 
forcefully pointed up and clarified by the speakers, each a 
leader in his or her field. The students, prepared to 
center all attention on the conference, had voted this a 
"closed" week-end with no one leaving the campus and 
no visitors allowed. It was an eager, alert audience that 
filled the chapel to straining capacity on Friday afternoon 
and at each session of the Institute. 

Judge Dorothy Kenyon, national director of the 
American Civil Liberties Union and director of the Con- 
sumers League of New York surveyed the many fields 
open to women in this world at war. The capacities of 
women in relation to the needs of the country were 
pointed out. judge Kenyon predicted that fifteen mil- 
lion women will be called upon to manufacture weapons, 
to enter the medical, dental and nursing services and to 
become clerical and professional specialists and that they 



may expect to join the non-comba- 
tant services in the proposed Aux- 
iliary Women's Army. 

On Friday evening. Colonel Paul 
Logan of the Quartermaster Gen- 
eral's Office and Dr. A. Ford Hin- 
richs, acting commissioner of Labor 
Statistics gave a detailed review on 
the mobilization of material and 
human resources. Colonel Lo2:an as- 
serted that the effective mobilizins; of 
the resources of the United States 
constituted the difference between 
victory and defeat, freedom and 
slaver^'. "America will win this war," 
he predicted, "but the time of the 
winning and the degree of destruc- 
tion of manpower depends upon the 
spirit with which we can mobilize our 
moral, intellectual and military force." 
Dr. Hinrichs stressed the need "for 
a nation at war to devote its entire 
resources to the war effort. W^hat 
we need now is not a list of foiu" or 
five million women who are ready to 
do war work. The real need is for 
an army of several hundred thousand 
volunteers to hunt for jobs that need 
doing, da}' after day, week after week, people who are 
ready to hunt for a chance to be useful, who do not 
expect to see jobs wrapped up in a becoming uniform 
handed to them on a silver platter." 

The Saturday morning session was opened b\' Miss 
Beulah Amidon, industrial editor of the Survey Graphic. 
Miss Amidon stressed the point that our first attempts at 
war production are insufficient that in too many cases 
defense production has been on a "business as usual" 
basis. She explained the factors involved in factory con- 
version to war-time production and pointed out the cru- 
cial need for skilled tool makers and for centralization of 
labor supply agencies. 

Dr. Helen Mitchell, formerly from Massachusetts 
State College where she was a research professor of home 
economics, is now special nutritional consultant of Mr. 
Paul V. McNutt's staff. She heads the organizing unit 
in one of the most extensive and ambitious nation-wide 
health training programs ever attempted in this country. 
She described "human nature as the worst bottle neck to 
proper nutrition." A primary role of those interested in 
nutrition is to stimulate a desire in people for proper foods 
as well as to educate them toward conscious improvement. 
Changing social institutions was the subject of Dr. 



April, 1942 5 

GcofFrc) May, assistant cooriiinator of health, wclfan- I hi- direct ciiallciigc tn help make the ehuixh more 
and related defense activities of the Federal Securit\' effectualK hear witness to the spirit and teaching of 
agenc\-. "All of the efforts of the military and industrial Christ uas reinforced h\ reminders of Christians in 
fronts would go foi' nothing if the essential services which man) Lnuls who are lo\all\ pa)ing the price of such wit- 
make life durahle at home should ever hreak down," said ncss in the present day. 

I)i'. Maw WMieji defense prohlcms take on an undramatic Student discussion groups with a faculty- leader and 

form in the readjustment of community and famil\ life, student leailei' for each group met in facult\' homes, fol- 

a challenge presents itself — one "which we can ill afford lov/ing each session of the institute. The groups num- 

to neglect." lured approximatel) twent\ and the only complaint heard 

I'he Sunda\ morning session of the Institute was con- since was that there was not iiearK enough time. Quot- 

cerned with the responsibility of the chuich in the crisis, ing "Bett\ the IJriarite": "Dainty and delicate the ]5riar- 

in the peace and reconstruction and the relation of per- ites ma\ be, hut dull and iminterested they are not — as 

sonal religion to the strength of the church. These suh- was proved .-ig:iin last week-end when the mere mention 

jects were abl\ presented h\ the Re\erend Bernard of f.arms, labor, war debt, or mothers leaving their ten- 

Iddings Bell of Providence, Rhode Island, Reverend \ear old children was enough to start a new debate — 

Russell C. Stroup of Lynchburg, and Dean I-yman. with no holds barred!" 



From the Sivrrf Rrhir Nrzvs, April 15, 1942: 
WHAT no VOU THINK = 



{By The ISQVIRIXG RFl'ORTER) 



C/nirr Eiigcr — I think that the Institute was a muc!i Bell and Dr. Stroup on Simdn\ . I was interested in their 

bigger success than people thought it would be. As Dr. treatment of religion in the world after the war, and their 

May said, it's hard to bring the war to Sweet Briai, but challenge to us to "go forward." \\'^omen especially arc 

this helped a lot, and has maile people more interested necessar)' to encourage the religious thinking of young 

in Working this summer. people and men. The men are more ready for religion 

Fnincfs Freemnn — I thought it was simply marvelous, than we think, and, if women will make it their jobs to 

and I must admit that, once it got started, I was much live an active Christian life from da\- to day, it will prove 

more interested than I'd expected to be. And, as all things effective to boys and men both near and far. Such an 

;it Sweet Briar, it was done very well and proved both example and inspiration will be unconsciously felt and will 

enlightening and inspiring. help men to realize that there is so much in life beyond 

Annr Bh>i/I\ — The Institute was not only exciting and above the business of war. 
and a lot of fun, but it stimulated more beneficial thought Lou'nr Smith — I was most impressed with the fact that 

than an\ of us had anticipated. the Institute encouraged confidence in the possible good 

Lytin Emetick — I think it filled its pui'pose completeh , effects that ma\- result from tliis war. The speeches also 

in that it awakened the student to a realization of the helped to show that people in government positions are 

needs of the United States in the present crisis, and gave well-fitted for their jobs, and are looking forwai'd to and 

him something definite from u hich to determine his best planning for the post-war \\(U'1d. 

part in working for this countr\-. Dr. Kriissuvsk\ 1 thought that the students mani- 

.VfiinoH Sluinlr\ 1 thought the variety of o|)inions fested great intellectual curiosity and formed ver\' good 

and ideas expressed b\ the speeches helpeti to give us a questions. Tile discussion groups might have lasted a little 

truer picture of the situation at hand. The discussion longer because there were so manv things the girls were 

groups were an important part of a very well organized interested in talking about. The Institute gave the stu- 

Institute. dents an o|)piu'tunit\ to look at things from a view free of 

Miss Ruh\ 1 especi.ilh enjined the speeches of Dr. a classroom envii'onment. 



Alumnae News 



LIBRARY EXHIBIT 

SUGGESTED READING 

IN CONNECTION WITH THE INSTITUTE 



Alumnae are familiar with the many, excellent ex- 
hibits which are periodically arranged in the corridor off 
the reading room of the Library. The collection of books, 
pamphlets, periodicals and maps covering the subjects 
considered in the Institue of National Needs and Re- 
sources presented a stimulating source of study and read- 
ing for the college commimity. 

The general strategy of the war and civilian defense is 
the subject of the first group entitled Defense, Civil and 
Military with a poster prominentlv displayed, "Informed 
Opinion Counts." 

The War Theatre, subject of the second collection, 
included among others several books, gifts to the Inter- 
national Relations club from the Carnegie Endowment 
for the promotion of International peace. 

Economic resources and finance, with books, pamph- 
lets and charts, provide the next exhibit. 

Some of the more challenging books in the exhibit were: 
The Art of Modern Warfare — Herman Foertsch, 
colonel of the German General Staff; with introduc- 
tion by Major George Fielding Eliot. 

An "exposition of the art of modern warfare from 
the German viewpoint. Soldiers will be grateful for 
the clear insight into the heart of German military 
doctrine, and civilians will find it an invaluable guide 
to the understanding of current events." 
Grand Strategy — H.A.Sargenunt and Geojjrey West. 
"Because individual morale is the added factor in 
the new strategy of the present war, social realities are 
helping to shape military and political strategies." 
The Nature of Modern Warfare — Cyril Falls, 
military correspondent of the Times, London, with 
an introduction by Major George Fielding Eliot. 
Civil Air Defense by M. Prentiss, General Staff 
Corps, Lt. Colonel United States Army. 

"Its purpose is to critically examine and analyze the 
powers and limitations of modern air power and to 
discuss defensive measures that should be taken to cope 
with this danger." 

The Army of the Future by General Charles 
de Gaulle. "The famous little book by a French 
officer on the principles of which the French did not 
act — while the Germans did." Originally published 
in 1934, "the army of the future" as de Gaulle de- 
scribed it was within six years to be an army in terrible 



fact — an army created by Nazi Germany instead of 
by the French, and laimched upon France to her 
destruction. 

The Great Pacific War — Hector C. Bywater. The 
forecast first published in 1925 prophesying Japan's 
defeat by the L^nited States in a great Pacific War. 

The Valor of Ignorance — Homer Lea. Introduc- 
tion by Clare Booth. In 1909 Homer Lea, who had 
served as a Lieutenant General in the Chinese Repub- 
lican .Army, issued an extraordinary warning to the 
people of the United States. He proclaimed japan's 
war-like intentions, showed clearly by word and map 
the course her aggression would take. Now, thirty- 
three years later, his prophecies are coming true. Japan 
today is using these plans. 

The Armed Forces of the Pacific — Captain W. D. 
Piileston, U. S. \. A comparison of the military and 
naval power of the United States and Japan. 

Defense Will Not Win the War — W. F. Keman, 
Lt. Col., U. S. Army. 

New Ways of Wak — Tom Wintringham. "The 
handbook for local defense volunteers in England who 
are credited with being Hitler's most powerful deter- 
rent to invasion." 

The Philippines, a Study in National Development — 
Joseph Ralston Hayden. 

Wak and Diplomacy in Eastern Asia — Claude A. 
Buss, professor of International Relations, Universit)- 
of Southern California — formerly Executive Assistant 
to the High Commissioner of the Philippines. Dr. Buss 
also served with our diplomatic corps in the Far East. 

Volcanic Isle, Japan — Wilfrid Fleisher. This book 
is called a brilliant, intimate and superbh', informative 
picture of Japan. 

The LTnited States and Japan's New Order — 
Willia?>i C. Johnstotie. 

Battle for the World — Max Werner. The strategy 
and diplomacy of the second World War. 

The Caribbean Danger Zone — /. Fred Rippy. 

The Panama Canal in Peace and \Var — Norman 
J. Padelford. 

"A book which deals comprehensively with the canal 
today, the rights and powers of the United States over 
the Canal and Canal Zone, its place in American life. 



April, 1942 



witli p;irticluar reference t(i the waterway's economic 
and strategic significance." 
RioDLE OF THE Reich — Wythr WtUinms in collabora- 
tion with Albert Parry, radio news commentator, for 
twenty-six years served as foreign correspondent. 
From authoritative and dependable undercover men, 
he has had dispatches in code from Germany, France, 
Britain, Switzerland and Italy. 

I'RANCE AND MuNICH BEFORE AND AfIER IHE Sl'R- 

RENDER — AlfMimlrr Wrrfli, author of \['hu-h \V<i\ 
Frivicr? 

J'amphlets in this section included three interesting studies: 
Mexico and the War in the Pacific; Holland and the 
War; Vanguard of Victory — a short review of the 
South African victories in East Africa, 1940-1941, 
issued by the Bureau of Information. 

The Economics of War — Hoist Mrudcrshausen. A 
general theoretical survey of the war economy coupled 
with short accounts of the practical experience which 
major wars have provided up to our own day. 

FiN.ANCiNG rHE \Var, a record of the symposium con- 
ducted b)- the Tax Institute in Philadelphia, Decem- 
ber 1-2,' 1941. 

The Political Economy of Wak — A. C. Pigon. 

Dependent Areas in the Post-War World — 
Arthur N. Holcombe. 

Labor and Democracy — William Green. 

The Defeat of Chaos — Sir George Paish. 

Pamphlets provided a large part of this exhibit, a few of 
which arc listed : 

Government and Economic Life; Indefensible 
Spending; Financing the Defense Program; Produc- 
tivity, Wages and Nation Income; Gun, Planes and 
'^^our Pocketbook; National Labor Policy and De- 
fense; Our Highways and the Nation's Defense; 
America's Economic Strength in Time of ^^^^r; How 
Britain Is Avoiding Inflation; How to Check Infla- 
ti<in; Defense and Living Costs; ^^'omcn in Defense; 
Economic Mobilization ; Labor, Defense and Democ- 
racy; Unemplinmcnt and Defense. 

"Social Aspects of the War" included food, nutri- 
tion, and health rationing, physical education and con- 
sumer knowledge. This exhibit was composed of bul- 
letins and magazine articles. One of the most inter- 
esting was the book. Working Class Wives, Their 
Health and Conditions b\ Margery Spring Rice. 
It is a survey of the conditions of 1,250 married work- 
ing women, based on information collected by the 
^Vomen's Health Enquiry Committee of England. 
Christianity and Crisis is the subject for another por- 
tion of the exhibit which included: 



The World We Want to Live In, reporting the 
discussions of the Williamstown Institute of Human 
Relations, spons<ired by the National Conference of 
Christians and Jews, on the shape of the post-war 
world. — A. A. Berle, Jr., Thomas Dewey, Henry 
Noble MacCracken, Carleton J. H. Hayes, Nelson 
A. Rockefeller, Roger W^. Shaus, James P. Baxter, 
III, Howard Coonley and Arthur H. Compton are 
quoted. A Faith to Fight Yov by Jotui- Strachey. For 
the Healing of Nations, Impression of Christianity 
.Around the \\'orld by Henry P. Van Dusen. 

Under the heading of Democracy's Battle were: 
Modern Democracy — Carl L. Becher; Ac;ainst 
This Torrent — Edivard Mead Earle; Democracy 
Marches — Julian Huxley; Democracy's Battle; 
^VAR By Revolution — Francis ]Villianis; Liberty 
Today — C. E. M. Jond; Versailles Twenty 
Years After — Paul Bird sail; Education for 
Death, The Makinc; of the Nazi — Gregor 
Ziemer, in which one finds the answer to "what are 
the techniques by which the Nazis indoctrinate the 
German youth in order that boys may become zealous 
soldiers and the girls equally zealous breeders for 
Hitler.?" 

In addition to the material arranged for general use, 
the display cases have been used for fiction and poetry 
written during the last three years and as a result of 
the conflict. A few of the titles are listed : 

Mr. Churchill — Philip Guednlla; England's 
Hour — Vera Brittan; The Nine Days Wonder — 
John Masefield; I Saw England — Ben Robertson; 
War Letters from Britain — a collection; Why 
England Slept — John F. Kennedy; Ordeal in 
England — Philip Gibbs ; Report on England — 
Ralph Ingersoll; Women of Britain — Letters, with 
introduction by Jan Struther; OuT OF THE People — 
J. B. Priestley; SuiciDE OF A Democracy — Heinz 
Pol; They Speak for a Nation — Letters from 
France edited by Eve Currie, Philippe Barres and 
Raoul de Roussy de Sales; J'Accuse the Men Who 
Betrayed France — Andre Sinione; Norway — 
Neutral and Invaded by Halvdan Kaht; Mission 
to the North — Florence J. Harriman; HlTLER 
Cannot Conqi'er Russia — Maurice Hindus. 

^Vorld Peace Foundation series included: 

Arcjentina and the Untied States — Clarence H. 
Haring; Can.ada and the United States — F. R. 
Scott; Australia and the United States — Fred 
Alexandar; ^VE Were AND We Shall Be, The 
Czechoslovak Spirit Through the Centuries, with pre- 
face by Edward Bcncs. 



Ahnfuine News 




Sarah Louise Adam:?, Anne McJun kin, Nancy Bean, K.aren K-nisklrn 
Student elections were held the first week In March: Anne Mcjunkin of Charleston, West Virginia, will be Student Government president 
in 1942-43; Nancy Bean, New Castle, Delaware; vice-president, Sarah Louise Adams, San Antonio, Texas, will be president of the Y. W. 
and Karen Kniskern, Swarthmorc, Pennsyh ania, president of the Athletic Association. 



C. A. 



ON CAMPUS 

We Quote the Sweet Briar News 



Church Committee Report: The Reese Boys. For years Sweet Briar 
has sent four hundred dollars each year to the Covington Boys Home 
for the tuition of the four boys who lived at one time on campus. An 
article printed In the Boys Appeal^ a news sheet published at the home 
Is quoted: "An excellent example of the way in which Boys' Home has 
been able to help, not only our individual boys, but thereby also the 
nation, is found in the history of the four Reese boys sent to us from 
Amherst County with the help of the Sweet Briar girls for their support. 
There, in Amherst County, a \\ idow was left with nine children all 
under fourteen years of age. Their poor mother, struggling hard to do 
her duty was never able to give them a fair chance; and the line young 
social butterflies of Sweet Briar College — as many thoughtless folk 
would falsely classify them — decided to help that over-burdened mother 
and to give her boys a real chance. So they asked us to take the four ol<!er 
boys at Boys' Home; and those fine girls undertook many real self- 
denials to provide one hundred dollars annually lor the care of each of 
these appealing little fellows. Although that left us with the need to meet 
an additional cost for the charge, of the four boys, of a total of more than 
twelve hundred dollars annually, we undertook to carry out that plan; 



and it was done, and so successfully that at the time of this writing 
the oldest boy has been in the United States Army for more than a 
year, after going partly through high school. The three younger boys 
have all graduated from public high school, and all three were holding 
excellent jobs and saving their wages when the call of the selective 
draft came. Two are now in the army, making three enlisted; and the 
fourth, still under the minimum age of the draft, is working, has built 
his savings up to nearly four hundred dollars, and he, too, is ready for 
the call of the nation. If he be needed. 

When one considers the wonderful relief thus provided for an anxious 
mother and the preparation of four of her boys for truly good citizen- 
ship, one must realize that the fine students of Sweet Briar College 
cooperated with Boys' Home for a real service to humanity." , 

Sums are set aside each year by the Sweet Briar Church committee 
fur county charitable work in addition to contributions to the Women's 
Medical College In India, The Farm School in Greece, the Leonard 
Wood Foundation and the China Relief Fund. County projects include 
hospitalization and ambulance service for special cases, the scliool luncli 
project, clothes, food and medicine. 



.V/.;-;/, 1942 



l-UCENIA ni'RNETT nnd PHYLLIS TENNEY attend INTER- 
NATIONAL STL-DENT SERVICE CONFERENCE IN WASHING- 
TON fur student government presidents and college editors. The sub- 
ject "the Future of Covcrnnient "i'outh Programs." Some of the specific 
problems considered at these meetings were: the interrelationship be- 
tween the office of education and the institutions of higher learning; 
the development and present function of the National Student Aid 
Program; a discussion of ways in which yovith can perform non-military 
services for the common defense; standards set for apprenticeship and 
methods set for selecting students for training in defense industry; the 
coordination of training programs and the role of the War Production 
Planning Board in such work; what are the current legislative proposals 
concerning youth and what is being done about them. It was brought 
out that today colleges can and should strive to be laboratories of 
democracy, and there is need for faith in democracy and its victory in 
this war. It is of great importance that the college student in choosing 
courses of action, appraise the total values, both immediate and distant 
without overemphasizing the former. It is generally felt that the student 
is wisest who completes his education if possible and some advice to 
remember is: Continue to do what you are doing, but do it even better 
than before Pearl Harbor. 

Some of the points brought out during the conference are particularly 
interesting to us. The problem of the small liberal arts college was con- 
sidered, and it was said that survival in some cases will be difficult. 
However, there are ways of modifying the present curriculum to gear 
in with natiimal defense programs such as special emphasis on scientific 
training in order to turn out laboratory and medical technicians. Women 
are going to t:ike many jobs in the future, jobs which have been unusual 
for them, but women are our first greatest reserve of labor supply (the 
second greatest being present college students) and this supply will be 
drawn upon heavily as the labor shortage becomes more acute. There 
is a growing need for women in mathematics and statistics. 

Very Important to the college students is the Roster of Scientific and 
Professional Personnel set up by the National Resources Planning Board 
:ind the Civil Service Commission. 



DO \0\: KNOW YOUR COLLEGE: 

This column edited in the alumnae oflice gives to the students the 
history, traditions and alumnae events of the past and present. 



SWEET BRIAR— 1917 



Student organizations have been leaders In shaping campus opinions 
and in building some of the finest traditions of the College since 1906 
when the first freshmen arrived at Sweet Briar. In a booklet published 
by the .Associatiim of Alumnae and Former Students of Sweet Briar 
College In 1917, the following record of achievement has been set down. 

"In a patriotic way. Sweet Briar has certainly been doing its bit." 
The Athletic Association has bought a $500 Liberty Bond, which, when 
paid will go to the Gymnasium Fund. It has also given $200 to the 
Students Friendship War Fund. 

"The Student Government .Association has bought a $100 Liberty 
Bond, which will be turned over to the Endowment Fund when paid. 

"'Ihe Colleges and .Academy, through the \. W. C. .A., raised $6,000 
for the Students Friendship War Fund. Think of It — an average of 
over $20 ;i person ! 

".A Red Cross .Auxiliary has been (.rganized, with Ida Walker as 
chairman, and a teacher from Washington engaged to come down and 
give lessons In bandage making, surgical dressings, etc. Every Sunday 
each class makes an offering in church to the Red Cross. And of course 
everyone knits. 

"The Founders' Day dance was held as usual, but on account of the 
war there were no favors, no refreshments and no cards. The money 
that was left over frimi the expenses of the dance was given to the Red 
Cross, and on Founders' Day afternoim a leap-year dance was given In 
the Gym, for which the girls were charged 25 cents, proceeds to go to 
the Red Cross." 



PAN AMERICANISM FURTHERED RY 
SWEET BRIAR STUDKNTS 



PROGRAM CENTERED ON S. A. CULTURE PRESENTED .\T 
AMHERST HIGH SCHOOL 



students Interested In giving a true picture of South America. The 
purpose of the original "MIslones" in Spain was to show the peoples 
in the small towns and h;milets the literature of Spain. Groups of 
students voluntarily went out from the universities, traveling by bus to 
the remotest regions and giving plays In the market places. The move- 
ment ended with the victory of Franco, but It Is still active and popular 
In Mexico. The plan at Sweet Briar is to go to the nearby high schools 
and give skits, folksongs, and dances typifying South America. The idea 
was suggested by Senor Magniafico as a chance to further Pan-.Amcri- 
canism, and It was organized by his students, Kitty Doar, Head; Peggy 
Steinhart, Dancing and Songs; Primrose Johnston, Publicity; Costumes 
:md Exhibits, Jeanne Jones and Lillian Francis; Drama, Jerry Cornell. 
Tuesday, March seventeenth, the first program was given at .Amherst 
Higli School. It consisted of slides of Cozco shown by Mrs. Llll, songs 
of Paraguay, Mexico, and Puerto Rico sung by fifteen students, and a 
Mexican dance with Peggy Steinhart, Frances Brantley, Harriet I'orcher, 
Van Meter de Butts, Pat Whitaker, and Dot Ruetell dancing. An 
exhibit of South American curios collected from members of the faculty 
and students were shown by Jeanne Jones and Lillian Francis. 



DEBORAH DOUGLAS ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 
CLUR CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA, MARCH H, 14 



About 250 students fnmi 65 colleges throughout tbe Southeastern 
States attended the convention. Present, also, in the capacity of direc- 
tor, was Miss Amy Hemingway Jones of the Carnegie Endowment for 
Internati(in;il Peace. This organization is very active in founding I. R. 
C. clubs in colleges all over the country and in furnishing them with 
books and periodicals free of charge. The yearly regional cimferencc 
gives representatives from different clubs an opportunity to get in touch 
with one another, discuss alms, exchange Ideas and suggestions, and 
hear talks by experts on International affairs. 

Dr. Wilson Leon Godshall, of Lehigh University, spoke on "Basic 
Elements in the Far Eastern Situation." He dealt with the following 
points: (1) China as an ally; (2) India as an active ally; (3) bushido 
— the military spirit of Japan; (4) the actual military successes of 
Japan; (5) holdings by western powers In the East; (6) the Russian 
zeal to convert the world, which is suspended but not abandoned; and 
(7) the inherent pacifism of the Chinese. 

Mrs. Vera Mlcheles Dean, research director of the Foreign Policy 
.Association and author of many Headline books, g.ave an excellent 
address on "Building a New World." She said that the war today is 
shaping the future peace and it Is necessary for us to be thinking of 
tentative plans. Helpful, however, as blueprints may be, they mean 
nothing without the proper spirit behind them. The greatest need today 
is for a different philosophy of international relations — and in formu- 
lating this, we must remember that International relations are relations 
between human beings. .After the war we must offer a program of re- 
construction which will destroy the danger of both Nazism and Com- 
munism by giving better solutions to problems than they do. Mrs. Dean 
showed how real the task of leadership Is for college youth. 

The round-table discussions were on 4 topics: (1) the Totalitarian 
Challenge to Democracy; (2) After the War — What'; (3) .American 
Solidarity; and (4) Cooperation In the F'ar East. This was perhaps the 
most valuable feature of the conference program for It gave students 
with different backgrounds of education a chance to exchange Ideas on 
specific problems i>f intern.itlonal relations. 



'DR. FAUSTUS" PRESENTED BY PAINT AND P.ATCHES 



MIslones Pan-.Americonas de Sweet Briar was started by a group of 



To Eleanor Ringer, who was Dr. Faustus, go orchids for a beautiful 
performance. Her sympathetic Interpretation of the part brought to it 
its full meaning and significance. In her portrayal of this extremely 
difficult character, she ably conveyed the Inner struggle in the man's soul 
as the hour for his eternal damnation grew near. 

In an atmosphere, created by the expert coordination of the technical 
and acting ends of the production, it was indeed a success. Mention 
must be made here of the way in which well selected music set the 
m<iod for the production. 



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LETTKR FROM ENGLAND TO STUDENT KINDS COMMITTEE SWEET BRIAR AND BEDFORD HUNT CLUB DRAG HUNT 



6 New Dell Rd., 

Oulton Broud 

Lowestoft, 

Suffolk, England. 
Dear Miss Diggs: 

On hehalf of my wife and three children, I wish to thank you most 
sincerely for your splendid gift of clothing, which by the aid of the 
Salvation Army came into our possession. They came at a most accept- 
able time, as for the second time, my family and myself, became the 
victims of enemy bombing, and my wife, just recovering from her con- 
finement with a baby boy five weeks old, the baby clothing which you 
so kindly sent to England was a Godsend. Fortunately, on the first 
occasion, we were victims of enemy bombing, my wife and two boys 
(.•Man had not arrived then) were evacuated to a safer zone, and I 
myself had a miraculous escape from death. Force of circumstances 
compelled my wife and two kiddies to return to the new house, which 
I had been able to obtain, and we were getting along quite happily 
(in the circumstances) and a new little brother had arrived, when fur- 
ther misfortune befell us, and we again became victims of enemy action, 
but again we had the good fortune to escape injury, although the house 
was damaged. So you will know that the clothing you sent so kindly, 
came to a family when it was greatly needed and appreciated. Knowing 
that we have such good friends in the U. S. A. gives us great encourage- 
ment to see this awful war through to a successful conslusion. This 
little town of ours has suffered terribly, but the spirit of the people is 
unbreakable, and acts of kindness such as yours, only helps us to even 
greater efforts, when we realize that the great American Nation is fight- 
ing with us to crush this evil thing that is trying to overrun the whole 
world. I will not trouble you any more with details, but we in Lowe- 
stoft, are keeping our chins up. Trusting that this letter will reach you 
safely and that it will find you in the best of health and spirits, and 
thanking you again for your very great kindness, which will always be 
appreciated although miles of ocean separate us. God bless you always. 
I am yours sincerely, 

R. G. HiTCH.AM. 



LENTEN EXHIBIT IN LIBRARY 



Supplementing the Lenten Chapel Services is an interesting Lenten 
exhibit arranged bv the library. In the hall there are some beautiful 
woodcuts bv Albrecht Durer from the Passion and a number of illumi- 
nated manuscripts and ancient copies of the Bible. Especially interesting 
is the little book called The Life Everlasting, by Ashley Walker, dedi- 
cated to Mrs. Lyman by the author, who was a student at the Union 
Theological Seminary. The book is a collection of religious sonnets and 
was written as part of the requirement of a course in Masterpieces in 
Bible Literature. His letter of dedication offers his gratitude to Mrs. 
Lyman for making the Bible live for him. There is but one copy, hand- 
set in type and beautifully illustrated in watercolor. 



GLEE CLUB, HARVARD ORCHESTRA, DUKE 
GLEE CLUB IN JOINT CONCERT 



On Wednesday evening, April first, the Sweet Briar Glee Club gave 
its annual concert together with the Duke Men's Glee Club and the 
Harvard Symphony Orchestra. The program was of excellent quality 
and was rendered with extraordinary enthusiasm and enjoyment. 

The last section of the program was the Lenten portion of the 
Messiah in which the two Glee Clubs and Orchestra were combined 
under Mr. Finch. It was appropriate, not only because it was Holy 
Week but also because it is the two hundredth anniversary of its pre- 
sentation in Dublin on April thirteenth, 1742. From the very opening, 
the three sections blended as though they had been trained together. 
The technique of the groups combined with the intelligent and sympa- 
thetic interpretation of Mr. Finch produced a beautiful performance. 
Alice Hepburn sang the solo. He Was Despised. Her contralto voice 
was clear and true above the accompaniment and her diction was very 
good. John Alexander sang the tenor recitative. Thy Rebuke halh 
Broken His Heart, and the air. Behold and See if There he Any Sorrow. 
He had a beautiful, well-controlled tenor and sang with much feeling. 
This portion of the Messiah was concluded by the Hallelujah Chorus. 
This performance has reached the highest peak of excellence of any of 
our choral concerts. Owing to present conditions we may not again 
have the opportunity of outside talent, but we hope that future Sweet 
Briar Glee Clubs will remember the work done this year. 



The last drag hunt of the season was held on Saturday afternoon, 
March fourteenth. It seemed that the riders and horses were anxious to 
finish it off in as short a time as possible because it was one of tile 
fastest rides ever known around this campus. No accidents occurred 
but many hot and weary riders and horses met rather breathlessly at 
the kill near Mr. Dinwiddie's house. It was a very large field, having 
thirteen participants from Lynchburg and its vicinity and nine from 
Sweet Briar. The Sweet Briar riders included Miss Rogers, Virginia 
Beasley, Sally Skinner, Ouija Adams, Ginny Hall, Betty Schmeisser, 
.Audrey Betts and Peggy Jones. After the very strenuous ride, tea was 
served in the A. A. Room. Thus the hunting season for Sweet Briar, 
in collaboration with the Bedford Hunt Club, closed after a very suc- 
cessful season. 



LATIN AMERICAN DISCUSSION GROUP 
CONFERENCE AT UNIVERSITY 



D. STAUBER WINS SECOND PRIZE TRIP TO REGIONAL 
CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA 



.\ rainy March twenty-eighth marked the first of a series of dis- 
cussions that will culminate this summer with a two and a half month 
trip to South America. The contest is sponsored by Nelson D. Rocke- 
feller, Coordinator of Latin American Affairs, as part of a program 
to heighten the interest of the American public in Latin American 
relations. All colleges in the country were urged to hold individual 
discussion groups to choose delegates to send to the district conferences, 
serving as stepping stones to the succeeding regional conferences, which 
are climaxed by the national conference in Washington to be held the 
early part of May. 

Sweet Briar's delegates, Sally Walke and Dorothy Stauber, arrived 
in Charlottesville, the scene of this district's conference, and met with 
the rest of the delegates in one of the seminar rooms on the West 
Range. Mary Baldwin, Madison College, Farmville State Teacher's 
College, University of Virginia and Sweet Briar sent I 3 delegates who 
were divided into two groups for the afternoon program. 

Because the judges, Mrs. R. H. Hadley — Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, and Prof. Charles Dawson — Roanoke College, desired to be 
present at both discussicms, thev were held separately, the first lasting 
from 3 o'clock to 4:30, and the second from 4:30 to 6. Shortly after- 
wards, the judges having reaching their decision, the six speakers for 
the evening were announced, and they drew for their topics. These had 
already been mailed to the delegates before the conference met. After 
an hour of preparation, the speakers took thir places on the platform 
while the chairman introduced them to the assembled audience. The 
program consisted of seven minute speeches followed by a short period 
of cross-panel questioning, ending in a three minute summary. While 
the judges adjourned, the speakers were open to questions from the 
audience which were addressed to the particular person concerned. The 
judges reentered and the winners were announced — Timothy Smith, 
Uni\'ersity of Virginia in first place, and Dorothy Stauber of Sweet 
Briar in second place. These delegates will attend the regional con- 
ference at Emory University in .'\tlanta, Georgia, on ttie thirteenth and 
f(uirteenth of April. 

The principal topic of the afternoon discussions was "How Can We 
Best Implement the Good Neighbor Policy?" All the contestants ana- 
lyzed the basis of this policy and passed on to suggestions for solutions 
of the problem of surpluses, promoting cultural understanding, races, 
communciations, and social conditions, etc. From the trend of tlie dis- 
cussions, it was obvious that the majority of the delegates agreed that 
the Good Neighbor policy could best be implemented by a program in- 
volving economic, cultural, social and political cooperation. 

The topics for the evening discussions were more specific and each of 
the speakers discussed a different phase of the afternoon's problem. The 
fact that the Latin American nations have a totally different historical 
background from ours and therefore developed differently, was brought 
out by the first speaker. Succeeding speakers stressed the improvement 
In communications between the individual republics themselves, and 
between the two ."Americas, as well as the development of resources 
that would be mutually beneficial. It was strongly suggested that the 
menace of the Fifth Column in Latin America could be greatly dimin- 
ished by better understanding the heterogeneous population of our sou- 
thern neighbors and realizing the basic differences that have to be 
reconciled. 



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Mr. Smith's topic, "Latin America Can Supply It," wa8 well devel- 
oped and presented. He pointed out the fact that Latin America pro- 
duces or can produce all of the strategic materials needed by the U. S. 
In the present war, and by offering to our markets products that we have 
formerly bought outside the Hemisphere, a basis for future economic 
relations is provided. 

Dorothy Stauber presented a program for long-range security In the 
Americas, based on a clarification of our policies In the economic, cul- 
tural and political fields. As last speaker, she concluded by saying that 
the Clood Neighbor policy was. In the words of Mr. Nelson D. Rocke- 
feller "more than an emergency undertaking. This job is not a 'for 
the duration' job. This task is not only for our generation, but for 
generations to come." 



STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE 
AT RANDOLPH-MACON 



LCCV CALL, NANCY BEAN, EUGENIA BURNETT, 
SWEET BRIAR DELEGATES 



The twenty-seventh annual conference of the Southern Intercollegiate 
Association of Student Government was held this year at Randolph- 
Macon In Lynchburg. Representing Sweet Briar were Eugenia Burnett, 
president of the Association, Lucy Call, and Nancy Bean. 

Student Government was shown as a stabilizing force In coordina- 
tion and balance. The very apt slogan, "business as usual," was adopted 
as an Indication of the manner In which college life should be conducted 
now. 

The second discussion, led by Martha Hall of Brenau College, was 
nil "The Value of Social Balance." This value can be readily recog- 
nized for such a balance results in the maximum value from college. 
.\ discussion led by Elizabeth Martin of Wesley an College on "The 
Measurement of Extra-Currlcular Activities" proved to be most inter- 
esting. This side of college needs at this time drastic reorganization 
and stimulation. It was pointed out that the greatest benetit could be 
gotten, nut by cutting out extra-curricular activities, which would ob- 
\ lously break down "business as usual," but rather by channeling and 
directing their activities to the needs of the day. 

On Friday afternoon, Jane Seaver, of the Office of Civilian Defense, 
and a person who has seen solved the problems which we are trying to 
solve now, gave great Impetus to the movement already well started by 
the constructive planning shown In the previous discussions. Her stim- 
ulating suggestions seemed to say "Let's get on the ball." 

The discussion followed this speech on "The Added Weight of 
Defense" was led by Lucy Call, with characteristic grace and dignity. 
The Ideas exchanged In this discussion were very helpful In trying to 
form some picture of just what can and should be expected of a college 
in this line. Sweet Briar can give Itself a large pat on the back here, 
for we have progressed further, at least In thought, than the majority 
of colleges represented. Of course we still await the vital thing — co- 
ordinated action. 

.\t the banquet on Friday evening. Dean Harriet Elliott of the 
Una erslty of North Carolina painted a vivid picture of the contrast 
between the meaning of Student Government in her day and in ours. 
Today Student Government is of an Infinitely broader scope, and must 
be guided, not by an Honor System, but rather by an honorable way 
..f life. 



BUY DEFENSE STAMPS AND BONDS 



Defense stamps and bonds — what do these terms mean to you? Do 
you realize that every time you "throw away" a dime on some useless 
expenditures, you are wasting fi\e cartridges which might help save the 
life of an American soldier? Carter Glass recently wrote "Give until 
It hurts" Is a good slogan, but not good enough. Until it not only hurts 
but completely destroys the enemy Is a better one. If the Marines on 

campaign group leader in 1 941 , Tau Phi. 
Wake Island had stopped giving the Japs what they had when It began 
to hurt, that amazing saga of American heroism would never have been 
written. After the "hurt" starts, the best "salve" Is to buy another 
defense bond. 

If each person on this campus bought nine quarter stamps every week, 
by graduation she would own an $18.^0 Defense Bond which ten years 
from now will be worth $2>.00. Think of the cartridges and the am- 
munition this would buy for our army and navy. Dr. Morgan offered 
another Incentive for buying Defense Bonds and Stamps in his speech 
Saturday morning. Buy them and prevent inflation, he urged. 



This week the junior class Is having Its banquet on campus rather 
than at a club in Lynchburg as has been the custom in previous years. 
The money saved will be used to buy Defense Bonds. The English Club 
recently voted to buy a Defense Bond with money saved from not 
having refreshments. The sophomore class has voted money to the 
head of Defense, Nancy Bickelhaupt, to be used as she sees the need. 
From all sides come challenges to classes, clubs, and Individuals. Put 
your money in Defense Bonds and Stamps regularly, and whole- 
heartedly. Start today and keep on . . . 

MR. G. GORDON MAHY, CHINESE MISSIONARY, 
VISITOR ON CAMPUS 



Through the Student Volunteer movement, Mr. Maliy visited Sweet 
Briar April sixteenth and seventeenth. He met with many student 
groups and spoke at the Friday chapel. Mr. Mahy's group carries on 
the work of Protestant Christianity in Welhsien. Proving its interest 
In the physical as well as the spiritual welfare of the people this group 
has seen to vaccination, care of the eyes and h;is taught hygiene along 
w Ith the Gospel. 



.■\THLETIC ASSOCIATION AND LAKE COUNCIL REQUEST 
COOPERATION IN CARE OF BOAT HOUSE 



COMMITTEE PLANS TO FURNISH KITCHEN .AND LOUNGE 



As spring comes to Sweet Briar our thoughts always turn to outdoor 
activities. This year we have an even greater opportunity for enjoyment 
In this direction — the new boathouse is certainly an addition to Sweet 
Briar's community life, but every person must realize that the upkeep 
of the boathouse is placed in the hands of every student, and that it is 
her Individual responsibility to abide by the rules set by the Athletic 
Association and the Lake Council. Remember that smoking permission 
for parties must be obtained from Sandy Anderson when you get the 
key. The big recreation room in the boathouse and the road are the 
only places where smoking Is allowed. There Is no janitor service at 
the boathouse, so put all trash from picnics into the provided ashcans 
and sweep the floor of the recreation room before leaving. The rules 
are posted on the bulletin board In Gray. Please read them! 

The scheduled swimming hours have been changed to eleven to 
twelve and three to five Monday through Friday. If you want to swim 
at any other time, ask a lake counsellor and patroler to go with you, 
and let Miss Rlggs know that you are going to the lake. 

We realize that you are anxious to know about the furnishings of 
the boathouse. A committee of four girls from the A. A. executive 
board has been working with Miss Rlggs; and we have ordered two 
couches, two large tables, and three small chairs. This Is a mere start 
towards furnishing the big room, and we hope that pieces of furniture 
will gradually be added to complete the decoration. There Is a list of 
inexpensive articles, kitchen utensils and the like, posted on the bulletin 
board in Gray. Why not contribute these small Items, either individually 
or by chipping In together In groups, and help equip the boathouse? 

The A. A. needs your cooperation to make your boathouse more 
enjoyable for you. 



WE POINT WITH PRIDE TO ALUMNAE DAUGHTERS 

Eugenia Btrnett, '42, daughter of Eugenia Griffin, '10, winner of 
competitive scholarship for Virginia girls her Freshman year, on 
the dean's list each year. Junior House President, May Court and 
this year president of Student Government. 

Margaret Becker, '42, daughter of Lulma Pfelffer, Academy, Fresh- 
man honors, tied for highest ranking member of Freshman class, 
on the dean's list each year, winner of scholarship for leading 
her class In her sophomore and junior years. 

Bktsv Chamberlain, '42, daughter of Constance Russell, '16, winner 
of competItI\e scholarship Freshman year, dean's list each semester, 
book editor and later assistant editor of Sweet Briar Netcs, Q. V., 

Bkttv Wee MS. '4.^, daughter of Mathllde Booth, *M, secretary of 
Freshman class. Orientation committee sophomore and junior years, 
Q. v.. May Court, on editorial staff of the Bramblcr, Lacrosse 
team each year and President of the Junior class. 

Mary Stewart Carter, '43, daughter of Marv Stewart, Academy, 
reporter for the Sweet Briar AVrtM freshman, sophomore and junior 
years, editor of the AVro 1942-'43, dean's list. 

Jkan Ridlfr, '4?, daughter of Polly BIssell, M7, freshman honors, 
first place in class in first semester. 



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College Women Needed at Once 



ARTHUR S. FLEMMING, U. S. Civil Service 
- Commissioner, estimated that in the next fonr 
months there are 500,000 positions to be filled. All 
appointments are now made for the duration and six 
months following the armistice. These are the fields in 
which vacancies lie: ScienUfic: (n) chemistr\- — research 
and analytical — work on explosives, plastics, textiles, and 
rubber; (b) physics, radio, sound and electricity; (c) 
mineralogy — the need for instructors far exceeds the 
supply. Requirements: mathematics through differential 
calculus and si.x hours of physics. Social Sciences: (a) 
economics, commodities, industr\-, foreign trade, business 
practices, accounting, and statistics; (b) personnel — assis- 
tants need fifteen hours of public administration, person- 
nel work, or psychology. Inspectors are needed in all 
plants with war contracts. 

Psychiatric social work is essentially a woman's field. 
It requires two years post-graduate work, the tuition rang- 
ing from $700-$ 1,000. Part of the time is spent doing 
field work. From the Red Cross and from Great Britain 
demands come for such workers. Undersrraduate work 
here is important in so far as it provides essential knowl- 
edge of past civilizations and of people. 

Those interested in the nursing field should write t<i 
the Nursing Information Bureau, 1790 Broadway, New 
"^'ork, New York. The National Institute of Health lists 
many openings for research work — problems of group 
feeding, aviation medicine, occupational diseases. Those 
interested in Nutrition will find sociology, economics and 
psychology helpful backgrounds. Research and food con- 
trol laboratories require some work beyond the A.B. in 
food chemistry micro-biolog\' and nutrition. 

In the field of occupational therapy, a college degree 
plus twenty-one months of training, of which nine are 
theoretical and technical, and twelve clinical, is requisite. 
Write the American Medical Association for details of 
requirements and for the accredited schools for training. 



There are many openings in radio in both government 

and the private field. Women have replaced men almost 
IiKI per cent in the BBC even in the central control 
room. In television one can do managerial, engineering 
and program work, and can become operating and re- 
search assistants. There are many opportunities in the 
writing field. A jum'or writing and journalism examina- 
tion is open to English majors. The Foreign Broadcast 
Monitor Service offers interesting jobs for transcribers, 
translators, editorial personnel, propaganda analysts and 
communications researchers, ^^''rite the Civil Service 
Commission, Washington, I). C. 

In the field of transportation and communications, 
women are needed as lawyers, engineers, accountants, 
office administrators, librarians, bookkeepers, draftsmen, 
telegraphers, and terminal managers. 

Training courses which will fit college educated 
women to fill positions in defense industries, as well as 
"refresher courses" which will bring them up to date on 
latest developments in their fields if the\ have not been 
recentl)' employed, will be offered during the summer 
by New Jersey College for \Vomen. 

Women will be equipped to take Government censor- 
ship jobs through three courses in French, Spanish and 
German composition and translation, which will be 
offered during the summer, while both general and scien- 
tific secretarial work will be taught to provide secretaries 
for the war industries. Courses will be given in account- 
ing principles and practice and in commercial Spanish, 
to translate and handle correspondence both for the Gov- 
ernment and for exporting and importing houses. 



Excerpts from tirticle h\ E/liih Brmnerd '42 who ivns 
delegate to the ]Vo>/ien's Professional Relations Confer- 
ence on "ll'ar Demands For Trained Persotniel," held 
recently in Washington, D. (J. — Editor, 













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cAcross the 'President's IDesk- 



THERE is a mixture of stimulus and frustration in 
thf flow of disparate things over m\' desk that nevei' 
grows So expected as to seem routine. This fact prompts 
me so to report them to \(ni, to see if they will not give 
you an accented line drawing of happenings here. They 
ought to lack any trace of frustration for \du hecause you 
have no decisions to make ahout them. 

The annual report of the Carnegie Foundation for the 
Advancement of Teaching has arrived. One just is not 
ignorant of what it contains. It contains this year a 
iiovelt)' for an educational report, a sort of Socratic dia- 
logue on examinations, so often discussed that it is an 
achievement for a discussion about them to seem fresh. 
A group of Southern institutions are engaged, beginning 
last summer at Sewanee, continuing in various colleges 
and imiversities during this academic year, with another 
session to come at Sewanee this summer, a study of 
southern education in many phases. Examinations — their 
goals, their efficienc\', their forms, and how to report 
their results have been a favorite part of the study in 
small groups of the facult\ here at Sweet Briar. What 
can I make the Carnegie report contribute to these group 
discussions: 

While I am considering this, the telephone rings to 
sav that it is the time for the weekly staff conference of 
Buildings and Grounds, in which I am active for the 
months between the departure of the previous Superin- 
tendent, to ioin in Defense building, and the coming of 
the new officer. Have we had any answer ahout the 
chances of being able to purchase a new general utilit\' 
truck, the one that hauls coal, chlorine, cement, gravel, 
ilirt, ammonia, garbage, and what-not for this com- 
munit\' of some six hundred? Not \et. Where was the 
break in the sewer line from Grammer finally located 
and did the force liave to work all night to find it and 
get it repaired? How satisfactor\' is the new method of 
making fast the large windows in the gymnasium: Is 
the window blown in by the wind storm two v\eeks ago 
satisfactorih' replaced? How much maple flooring for 
repairs is available in the attics? Could the neighboring 
saw-mill supph' any seasoned walnut for some benches? 
Is the schedule so Set as to release campus workers to 
Elsetta Gilchrist on her generous and invaluable spring 
visit to tackle grounds planning? "Yes, I shall be back 
in m\ office in a few minutes. Please keep Mr. and Mrs. 
and Marjorie. I want very much to meet them. I 
remember his uncle very well indeed. I also remember 
that I am having chapel today." 

Then refreshed by lunch — catalogued here to arouse 
pity and env\! — turnip salad with salt pork, poached egg. 



Corn bread and butter milk, on a rare and luckv day — I 
turn to the pending discussion in the Committee on In- 
struction as to how to advise students on their education 
at this time. The\- must weigh the long-time responsi- 
bilities that their generation is to carry, the)' ought to 
realize how they can pursue their wide, informintr, and 
liberating course and at the same time put their concen- 
tration in an area that current problems make of in- 
sistent importance at this time. How many students 
should be urged to acquire an interest and a competence 
in science who at another time might prefer philosophy; 
or to fit themselves to know and to be able to lead dis- 
cussion in the historical, economic and social fields who 
equally well could give their interest to music? How 
man}- persons must not forsake their special interests and 
capabilities, which will also be productive in society? 
How many subsidiar)- skills can he successfully arranged 
here to be gained along with a liberal education? How 
much should schedules he modified to accommodate 
themr Would they be more effectivel)' gained in other 
schools in the summer time? What has been the result 
of individual conferences of advisers and their own stu- 
dent advisees? What facts are available? Can we state 
with clearness and confidence any general agreement on 
advice to students for 1942-43? What is the best way 
to organize such a discussion at the next faculty meeting? 
That over-worked line to Lynchburg rings. "We 
have discovered for you a bell that can be lent to the 
college for the duration of the war. It is at the City 
Filtration Plant and can be called for." This is the third 
bell that will have been tried to see if an air raid alarm 
related to Sweet Briar's switchboard can be announced 
quickly so that the whole communit\ will hear and know 
at once of an alarm for fire or air raid. The whistle on 
the Power Plant confers its greatest attention on the 
occupants of .Manson and the back of Fergus Reid may 
sleep through or take it for a train. 

Fhe Facult\ meeting procedure bcins; set aside for 
germination, the .Alumnae Office wishes to discuss how 
urgent ought we to make the call to reunion this year. 
It has just been deciiled that due to the condition of cars 
and tires in the count)', .Amherst Count)' Day will regret- 
full)' be omitted this year. Also word has come that the 
members of the Home Demonstration groups of Amherst 
and Nelson counties, which have for some years held 
short courses at Sweet Briar in June will, for reasons 
of agriculture and transportation, omit them this year. 
Will the Alumnae find it difficult to get back in June 
1942? Can the college bear to do without them and to 
forego that annual cementing of bonds which is the very 



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Alumnne News 



framework of the continuing college? How can this 
reunion be made most profitable to the alumnae that 
comer Should it have a special program? Has the presi- 
dent any light to offer on these problems? "By the way, 
do not forget the dead-line for yo"!" column in the 
Alumnae News." 

The committee on tile Institute of National Needs and 
Resources must be called because the Institute is now an 
assured fact and final arrangements must be made. 
Telegrams ought to be received from the remaining 
speakers invited before the date of the committee meet- 
ing. Probably all will be in by Monday. 

"Is Miss Glass at leisure?" Mrs. Brown needs to 
discuss the Refectory budget and the food problem. 
Should charge for board be increased or should we eat 
more stews and croquettes? How ingenious can the 



staff be in keeping menus always balanced, with ample 
nutritive value and, at the same time, with eye appeal 
and variety and within the budget? Should services be 
reduced, and if so, how much? What price flowers and 
candles? 

The next time it is a telegram. Unfortunately the 
minister to whom we have looked foiward with such 
eagerness is ill and finds on Thursday that he cannot 
come for Easter Sunday. That means that I must leave 
you and seek the Seminary at Alexandria, our never- 
failing friend. Does it all sound so very natural? Do 
you find tempting avenues of further thought? 

If you come by, wait for me. I want to see you. 




A Letter from St. Thomas 



Claudia Montague Sweeney, '35 




to be had underground, every drop 
that falls from above is truly heaven- 
sent and is carefully hoarded in as 
large a cistern as the household can 
afford. From a distance these red 
painted roofs look like tile. Gleam- 
ing in the bright simlight of a perfect 
tropical morning, Charlotte Amalie 
seemed a charming toy village spread 
out for our delight. 



IT would seem, even to me, that 
I might find time in more than 
two months to write you something 
about St. Thomas and our life here. 
St. Thomas, a tiny black dot on the 
map, is an island thirteen miles long 
and two miles wide. It is one of a 
series of submerged mountains. The 
ancient peaks form our island and 
there's scarcely an acre of level land 

to be found. Consequently, there is BQ^ f J^P^^k Ashore I was enchanted by the 

very little agriculture. A few ener- color everywhere. Bougainvillaea in 

getic Frenchmen grow bananas on the steep and rocky various shades of red and purple climbs against every wall, 
slopes and a few tomatoes, yams, chucus and other native festoons every porch and doorway. Huge clumps of gor- 
vegetables, but the island depends mainly upon the outside geous poinsettias took my breath. And even the poorest 
world for sustenance. There are three or four small wooden shack looks gay with a hibiscus hedge or a row 

of bright crotons in the ever-present five-gallon kerosene 
tins. 

For two weeks we lived at Hotel 1829. Here we had 
all of our meals on a charming open gallery, overlooking 
the main street, which still goes by its Danish name of 
Dronningensgade (Queen Street), King's Wharf, and 
the harbor beyond. 

At the end of that time we moved into a house of 
our own. It is situated high on Bluebeard Hill, just 
below the g(wernment-owned Bluebeard Castle Hotel. 



herds of cattle, but the marketing methods are so primi- 
tive and unsanitary that the Continentals (people like us 
who come from the States) use powdered and evaporated 
milk almost exclusively. 

St. Thomas lies between the Atlantic and the Carib- 
bean. The only town, Charlotte Amalie, is on the Carib- 
bean side, starting at the water's edge around the harbor 
and climbing up the hills behind, little houses perched 
wherever they could find foothold. I shall never forget 
my first view as we steamed into the truly beautiful 
liarbor on Christmas Eve a year ago. Most of the houses We have a splendid view of the harbor and the town, 
are painted white or delicate pastel colors. All have red \'et are far enough away not to be bothered by the sights, 
roofs of corrugated iron. These are really individual soiuids or smells of the native quarters, 
catchment areas. On an island where there is no water I wish I had a better picture of the house to send you. 



Apnl, 1942 



15 



The front is one story high, but the 
slope of the hill in back gives room 
for a large storage basement and a 
delightful flagstone terrace, grand for 
outdoor parties. Above our 25,000 
gallon cistern is an unscreened porch, 
running along two sides of the living 
room, which is reached through three 
sets of double doors. These doors are 

made of screening; we need no heavier ones the vear 
round, though all windows and doors are provided with 
solid wooden storm shutters in case of hurricane. The 
house is of cement construction, also a hurricane precau- 
tion. This proved a distinct disadvantage when we tried 
to hang our pictures. For everv nail driven into the wall, 
a hole must first be made with a diamond drill and a 
wooden plug inserted. \\ e've packed most of the pic- 
tures awav in the basement and hope the termites will 
leave them in peace. 

Termites are another reason for our concrete walls 
and for the casement windows and maple furniture. 
\\'e brought all our own things with us as there are 
no furniture stores on the island and it's very costly to 
order things from the States, even through Sears, Roe- 
buck and Company, which does a tremendous business 
here. We chose maple because apparently it and ma- 
hogany and pitch pine are the only woods the termites 
don't attack. 

Life is very gay. For want of outside diversion, we 
entertain more in our own homes. There are luncheons, 
afternoon bridge parties, cocktail parties, innumerable 
dinners, pinochle or poker parties. We have no decent 
movies, no bowling alleys or night clubs, but there are 
several beautiful beaches. We swim a lot, have frequent 
beach parties, even an occasional pig roast. During the 
past year a wealthy young man from Pittsburgh has 
opened a very beautiful club on the site of one of the old 
sugar estates. Membership, on the owner's invitation 
only, is drawn largely from the service crowd and the 
Continentals on the island. 

The war has, of course, made other changes. All the 
service wives are being sent home and expect to leave 
within the month. When a group of girls get together 
in the afternoon now they are much more likely to knit 
for the Red Cross than play bridge. Plan an extra festive 
dinner party, and it's likely to be utterly spoiled by a 
blackout in the midst of the salad — as one of mine was 
recently. My husband warns that before it's all over 1 
^ha!l probably have to do without butter entirely, render 
my own lard, and live on native dishes like fish and 
fungee (a cornmeal mush very popular among the local 
people). 




^^'^e'll still have our friends come 
for dinner, even if we have only rice 
and bananas to serve. Entertaining 
is fun when you don't have to clean 
up afterwards. Most girls who would 
do all their own work at home, have 
one, two, or even three servants here. 
M\- lately departed jewel, Adina, did 
all the cleaning and cooking and 
most of the marketing for $14.00 a month. I cer- 
tainly miss her now, especially at dish-washing time or 
when I go to market. She used to buy all my meat. 
There is no big refrigeration plant on the island, so meat 
is sold as soon as slaughtered. One needs a strong stomach 
to enter the gory shops where whole quarters of beef, 
lamb and goat liang dripping against the walls. It's a 
waste of time to ask for porterhouse, sirloin or a rolled 
rib. These butchers sell steak, roast and stew meat. All 
are the same price per pound. The stock is sold and the 
store closed by ten or eleven in the morning. 

If you are too squeamish to "take" the local meat, 
imported cuts may be found in the grocery stores, which 
also sell liquor and cigarettes (both considerably cheaper 
here than in the States), standard brands of canned goods 
and other vegetables from a couple of fruit and vegetable 
stands run by Puerto Ricans or from the natives in the 
market square. 

In the old da\s St. Thomas was an important seaport. 
Heavy walled warehouses, extending from the water- 
front to the main street a block away, still stand and are 
used today as shops. Only one or two have been altered 
by the addition of plate glass display windows. The 
others otTer their wares on the sidewalk during the day, 
carry them in at night before sealing the storm doors. 
I haven't told \ou about the natives because they are 
so difficult to describe. There are about 12,000 people 
on St. Thomas. I imagine little more than 1,000 of 
these are whites: a few Danes, the rest Navy men and 
their families, government officials and business men. 
Ninety per cent of the natives are of Negro or mixed 
white and Negro blood. The rest are Frenchmen, known 
locally as Cha Chas. They live in the French village, 
"Cha Cha Town," which is really a part of Charlotte 
Amalie. They preserve their French blood, ways and 
language, and until recently refused to mingle with the 
Negroes. The peculiar high-crowned straw hats they 
wear easily identify them. A few have scattered through 
the island and become farmers, bringing their produce in 
to market on donkeys. Before the war those in town 
earned their living by fishing. The women do beautiful 
straw weaving and embroidery and their wares are sold 
through the Cooperative. 



16 



All!}, 



As f(ir the Negroes, man)- are intelligent and well 
educated. These are the merchants, editors, teachers, 
and local and federal government officials. Also intelli- 
gent and capahle are the higher class house servants and 
skilled workmen. Most of the rest are simple people who 
retain to some extent their primitive hahits and ancient 
superstitions. Even servants of a superior type who have 
worked all their lives for Continentals, still believe in 
"jumhies," (spirits of the dead), and refuse to go out at 
night without a hat — even to carry trash from the 
kitchen to the back porch. To an American, their speech, 
though not unpleasant, is completely unintelligible. 
Neither English nor Danish, it is wholly ^^'est Indian, 
"at once clipped and liquid," as one writer has aptly 
described it. The universal mode of address, irrespective 
of sex, is "mon." After a year on the island, this is one 
of the few words I can distinguish in an overheard street 
conversation. Certain favorite expressions are repeated 
again and again — such as "what you say, boyr"; "not 
me, my son"; "Tis so"; "please God."' "Bush" refers 
to the countr\'. "Plenty nil right" is a seal of approval. 
Our maid delighted us one busy tourist day by remarking 
that the town was "quite commercial." She continually 
amazed me, too, by her rapid changes of speech. To me 
she spoke excellent English, frequently with more precise 
choice of words than I habitually use myself; but let one 
of her cronies hail her from the road and the flood of 
West Indian that followed left me completely baffled. 



On the w hole, I should call them a fairly happy people. 
There is not the general good humor characteristic in 
Puerto Rico, where conditions are much worse than here, 
but the erect wiunen sti'iding up the hills uith tra\s of 
laiHKlr\' balanced on their heads, laugh and talk with one 
another on their waw There are man\' holida\s unheard 
of in the States. .And the Virgin Islander loves a holiday, 
an opportunit\' to dress up and go to church, or to parade 
in the streets, banging on a home-made drum. 

In conclusion, I'd like to put in a protest against the 
popular belief that the Virgin Islands are a good place to 
live on practically nothing a year. At least we haven't 
found it so. True, cigarettes are cheap (65 cents a 
carton), but I don't smoke. Food costs are very high 
and many items completely unobtainable. Clothing, 
radios, records, pots and pans, etc., are all imported from 
the States and consequently dear. Servants, I concede, 
are cheap, but in many cases worth no more than they 
are paid. I was fortunate in inheriting an unusuall\' fine 
girl from the former tenants of om^ house. If Adina 
doesn't return to me, I may search in vain for her equal. 

I'm not complaining. The advantages of our situation 
far outweigh its disadvantages. I merely want to dispel 
any misconception that Ross and I are stretched out in 
the shade of a giant mahogany tree with a long cold 
drink, waited upon by a flock of eager servants. Actually 
we both work very hard. But we like our island as it is. 



Alumnae in the News 

Emmy Thomas Thomasson, Academy, is president 
of Bundles for America and Bundles for Britain, chair- 
man of the Nutrition committee of the Red Cross in 
Chattanooga. 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes '29 is a member of the 
engineering department at Lehigh and is teaching naval 
officers. 

Mary MacDonald Reynolds '30 is e.xecutive sec- 
retary of Bundles for Britain and Bundles for Bluejackets 
office in Chattanooga. 

Mary Van AVinkle McClure '32 is chairman of 
C.D.V.O. in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Elizabeth Cr.awford '35 recenth broadcast over 
the Blue Network with the Rochester Philharmonic 
Orchestra, Jose Iturbi conducting. 

Lucile H. Sergeant '38 is one of the first women 
appointed to a position in the experimental engineering 
department of the \V right Aeronautical Corporation. 
She is checking computations on the log sheets, and mak- 
ing graphs of results. This is highly confidential work, 
for blue prints are made directly from the graphs. 



College Calendar 

April 24 — Six South .American Countries in Koda- 
chrome Pictures, Mrs. Bernice Lill. 

26 — The Reverend C. E. Deems, The Living- 
ston Avenue Baptist Chin-ch, New Bruns- 
wick, New Jersey. 

29 — Inauguration of president of ^'. W. C. A., 
Sarah Louise Adams. 
Ma^• 2— May Day. 

3 — The Reverend Beverley Bo\d, Grace and 

HoI\' Trinity Church, Richmond. 
8 — Students' Recital. 

10 — Dr. Henry P. Van Dusen, LTnion Theologi- 
cal Seminary, New York City. 

1 5 — Lake Day. Students' Recital. 

16 — Gala Night, the Lake. 

17 — Musical Vespers, Sweet Briar Choir. 

22 — Piano Recital: Gloria Sanderson, '42. 

24— Dr. Vincent C. Franks, St. Paul's Church, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

31 — Dr. Oliver J. Hart, Trinity Church, Boston, 
Massachusetts. 



April, 1942 



17 



The Faculty Club 



I 



N 19.35, some i.-nti.Tiinsinjj: spirits tlccidid that tlu- 
tinu- was ripi- for a club which shciuld include all 
nu-nibcrs of the facult\' and staff whose gregarious in- 
stincts were sufficiently developed to make them inter- 
ested in it, with associate membership for adults in theii' 
famihes. The club has tloin'ished ever since, with a 
goodly proportion of those dig bic among its members. 
Its stated pui'pose is "to foster social and intellectual con- 
tacts among members of the P"acult\', the Staff, and their 
families." It has no constitution but it has ileveloped a 
number of good traditions. .A clubrocun was earl\' acquiretl 
in the basement of the g\mnasium; at first rather bleak 
.uid second-hand in its ec|uipment, the room has profited 
h\ the generous student patronage of the faculty show m 
the fall of 19J8 (tile profits from this year's show went 
to The Auditorium), and by the diligence of the House 
Committee and h.is b'ossomed forth with new furnitvu'e, 
fresh paint, and the ever-welcome rental pictures, into 
a reall}' attractive meeting-place. Evening meetings with 
outside speakers often require more room for expansion, 
however, and we are grateful to the .Athletic .Association 
for the occasional use of the A. A. Room. Just now 
the club room is "doing its bit"; after serving for a year 
and a half for weekly sewing meetings of the Red Cross, 
it has been stripped of its furnishing to make room for 
the eniergenc\' course for students in typewriting and 
stenography. 

The intellectual side of our programs is varied accord- 
i]ig to the genius of successive committees and to the 
resources available. We have called freely on visiting 
experts, in the current year, Pierre de Lanux and Prince 
Hubertus zu Lowenstein, who have generously added 
talks and discussions with the club to their programs of 
college and classroom lectures. .Again, we have had 
round-table discussions of various scholarly or contem- 
porar\' problems either by members of our own group, 
or b\' friends from Lynchburo; and the University of 
V^irginia and from other neighboring centers. Miss 
Umbreit alwa)'s gives us an interesting talk on the pro- 
gram of the National S\niphony, before its annual con- 
cert in tile gymnasium. Recenth' we have had occasional 
talks on different countries and their part in the world 
crisis, b\' members of the faculty who were especially 
well acquainted with them; so Mr. de Rocco gave us 
some insight into the psychology of his fellow Wigo- 
Slavs, Dr. Stochholm discussed the occupation of Den- 
mark, and Mrs. Lill, on her return from South .America 
this winter, spoke of her experiences, with special refer- 
ence to schools and adult education in the various coun- 
tries which she visited. \\'e have enjoyed better acquaint- 
ance with some of the interesting citizens of Lynchburg; 



last fall Mr. Powell Glass shou'ed beautiful colored films 
of his rhododendrons at a meeting to which the Camera 
Club, the Tetralog)' Club, and the Amherst Garden 
Club were invited, and we look forward to visitinii the 
famous rhodotiendrons in person later this spring. 

For the social side, in addition to the well-known 
Sweet Kriar institution of coffee before evening meetings, 
tliei'e are three major events each \ear, and a variety of 
others of a less predictable nature. Pearly in the fall the 
club has a tea for new membeis of the faculty and staff, 
which helps us to identif\' the younger initiates v\'hom we 
confused with Freshmen at the opening reception at 
Sweet Briar House, and we hope gives them a more 
favorable impression of us than tlie\' get in the halls of 
Fletcher and Academic, or even in the first faculty meet- 
ing. Between the first and second semesters we have 
1 he Part\ ; in the past, tilis has been a buffet supper at 
the Lancasters' house, with cakes baked by our more 
dcmiestic members, and games, charades, music, contests, 
or such other entertainment as a resourceful committee 
can devise to outdo their predecessors. This year the 
party was held at Sweet Briar House, as a farewell to 
the Lancasters, who were then in process of moving, 
and whom the club will greatly miss. Late in the spring 
comes the annual picnic, which has been held in the past 
two years at Timberlake, through the generous hospi- 
talit)' of Miss Rebecca Carroll, with swimming in re- 
markably clear water, boating, and a most commodious 
cottage at our disposal. In presidential election years, the 
club provides a party in Big Commons, ostensibly for the 
election returns, but no one has yet been discovered who 
could hear the radio over the barking of hot dogs and 
cigarette vendors and the frenzied partisans of Roosevelt 
and ^Villkie in November, 1940. In 1938 the faculty 
club assumed responsibilit\- for the F"acult\' Show, which 
students have come to expect once in a college genera- 
tion. We hope that many of you will remember inn' 
effOrts in Noiv It Shall Rf Told, with the crowning 
glor)' of Miss Glass and Miss Dutton .is two saints in 
one act. This year the show took the form of a radio 
broadcast, with complete television, in a remarkable scries 
of dramatic eff'oits called hitflligrutniiii. Candor compels 
me to admit that .some of the faculty think the curtain 
should fall much sooner than it docs, or, better yet, should 
never rise at all. The directors, authors, and actors, 
however, do appreciate the applause that so seldom greets 
our serious curricular eff'orts, and the opportunity to 
rescue some of our less scbolarh' abilities from atrophy. 
.And many who for various reasons do not belong to the 
club cooperate most brilliantly in the show. 

Eva Matthews Sankoru 



Aim 



Nc 



May Day, i 942 





Ruth Hensley 



Lucy Call 



Miss Ruth Hunsley of Ashcvillc, North Caroh'na, will 
reign as May Queen this year on May second. The honor 
attendants elected by the student body are Lucy Call of 
Richmond, Virginia, crown bearer, Cynthia Abbott, 
Schenectady, New ^'ork, scepter bearer, and Margaret 
Preston, Havana, Cuba, garland bearer. Ladies of the 
court include: Deborah Wood, Anne Mcjunkin, Betty 
\Veems, Grace Bugg, Eugenia Burnett, Charlotte Gar- 
ber, Peggy Roudin, Charles Lindsay, Dorothy Tobin, 
Emily Ann W^ilkins, Eloise English, Mary Christian, 
Sally Schall, Betsy Gilmer, Kay Coggins, Ruth Pierson, 
j'hyllis Sherman, Gloria Sanderson, Frances Boynton, 
Anne Barrett, D()roth\- Malone, Virginia Beasley, 
Muriel Grymes, Dorothy Stauber, Caroline Miller, 
Mary Jane Lampton, Louise Moore, Mildred Brenizer, 
Leslie Herrick, Marion Saunders, and Annie Mitchell. 



Freshman pages are Dean Brugger and Thirza Trant. 
Plans are made for a simplified May Day this year. 
The Horse Show is scheduled for 2:30, Friday after- 
noon. There will be no dance that night. On Saturday, 
May Day, a picnic luncheon for the college community 
and guests will be served on the lawn at 12:30. Alum- 
nae may secure tickets from Helen McMahon at the 
ticket booth. In the afternoon the crowmng of the Queen 
will be followed by a pantomime adaptation of "The Man 
Who Married a Dumb Wife," presented by Paint and 
Patches. In spite of the drastic reduction in the cost of 
the May Day celebration this year, the program promises 
to be entertaining and beautiful. The pantomime and 
court ceremony take place at two o'clock. There will 
be no dinner dance in the Refectory, but the annua! May 
Da\- dance will begin at nine in the Gymnasium. 



April, 1942 



19 



Class Notes 











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Tress, 


Aca(lcm\ 


• (Mrs. Silowden ) Deceased 


Nov em 


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194! 


Elise 


Lloyd 


, c\- 


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( Mrs. George Tandy) Deceased 


M; 


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24, 1942 



1912 
Thiitictli RL-uniun, June 6-9. 1942 
Class Secretary: Loui.ie M. Wilson, ^14 Wfst 
114th Street, New York, New "^'ork. 
Fuu.i Agent: Elsie Zakgel Thomas (Mrs. 
I. C.) 200 Euclid Avenue, Sheboygan, Wis- 
c<»nsln. 

I9I4 

Class Secretary: Elizabeth Grken SnErHERn 
(Mrs. Henry) 3306 Reservoir Ro;id, Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

FuTifi Agent: Alice Swain Zell, 16390 S(uith 
Park Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Dear Class of 1914: 

Thank you for the rt plies which you sent 
me last fall about yourselves. There really were 
quite a lot and I had hoped to have written a 
letter for the February Alumnae News but 
just didn't g-et it off. So, here is the news you 
sent me last fall. In these changing times there 
may he much that is new which has happened 
to you since you wrote me. If so, send the 
news during the summer and I shall put it in 
the October issue of the Alumnae News. 

Lizzie 

Elizabeth Green Shepherd has forwarded the 
many answers she received to her request for 
news to the alumnae office for the many prob- 
lems connected with running a business at this 
time leave her without a minute to get them 
into a letter for 1914. 

Cora Bryan McRae: After leaving Sweet 
Briar attended Rice Institute and the Univer- 
sity of Texas. Spent a year abroad writing 
articles for Texas newspapers. Married in 
1928. husband died 1939. Has two children. 
Is now music and art critic of T//e Houstnn 
Chronicle. 

Catherine Bosson Taylor: Married a neur- 
ologist and psychiatrist, now retired to a farm 
in North Carolina. Three children; Catherine 
at Uni\ ersily of North Carolina i James Lan- 
don, freshman at University of North Caro- 
lina; Julia a senior at Chatham Hall. Is 
engaged in contacting all college girls in 
North Carolina for garments for college girls 
in Britain. Saw Mattie Welch Logan after 
theatre party in fall. 

Margaret Cobb Howard : Loves her new 
home In Oyster Bay, New York. Has four 
step children. 

Sarah Cansler Carroll: One daughter Jean, 
who attended Sweet Briar in class of 1941, 
studied art in New^ York and Is now married. 
Jean left her "mark" at Sweet Briar by doing 
some murals for Grammtr Common Room. 

Elizabeth Darnall Snyder: One son, Charles, 
Jr.. who is with the Fourth Mechanical Divi- 
sion and a daughter, \Lary Anne married to 
a first lieutenant. 

Pauline Darnall Riddle: Has two daughters. 



oru- Is in,M ried, lives in New ^'ork studying art 
and modeling. 

Faye Elliott Puguc: Four children, one 
daughter married, one son a reserve lieuten- 
ant. Son at Princeton and another at Kent 
School. Is an organist for her church. Has two 
grandchildren. 

Rosalie Harrison Mahime: "Still selling 
stamps," which is only thing she knows of on 
w hlch there has been no price rise ! Postmis- 
tress for Amherst, Virginia. 

Margaret Haddock Watson: Son In army 
air corps (was studying law at Leland Stan- 
ford). Daughter preparing for college and she 
Is talking Sweet Briar. 

Louise Malsby Marlott : Has a son born on 
Christmas day In 1 92 1 . 

Martha Tillman Nor\ ell : Had Eugenia 
Buffington and husband for a weekend \ isit. 
Wants to know what about Margaret Cobb. 
Hopes to get back to Sweet Briar. 

Elizabeth Sutherland Chenoweth : One daugh- 
ter Is Wellesley graduate and another is fresh- 
man there this year. Son at Harvard. Active 
with Red Cross and Bundles for Britain. 

Martha "Pat" Steele McNaghten: Has cel- 
ebrated 26 years of married life. Two children 
both married. 

Nancy Suppes Bur rough : Husband w (irking 
in contract distribution division In Washing- 
ton. Has tiny apartment there. Spends week- 
ends at home. Oldest son a Princeton grad- 
uate and second lieutenant. Oldest daughter 
to be married in fall. Daughter at Miss Por- 
ters and another son will go to Taft. 

Eula Weakley Cross: Daughter, Louise, is 
freshman at Sweet Briar. Ellen, who grad- 
uated from Birmingham-Southern has job. 

Helen Monash HIrsch : Two children and 
both married. Son James in engineering corps. 
Was stationed In Hawaii. 

Rebecca Patton: "I shall surely try to do 
scmicthing for a headline for next issue!" 

Ruth Stevens Brothers: Family consists of 
cocker spaniel and Persian cat. Reports that 
Kathryne Mattingly Is Mrs. Richard Curtis 
Webster and has two sons; that Ethel Gregory 
Is Mrs. Albert Taylor of Ocean View, Virginia. 

Katharine Qulnby Castle: Has three grand 
children and two grandchildren. Daughter 
Molly has a daughter; daughter Katharine 
has a son. Son Wilmot (called Jerry) is at 
Yale. 

Dorothy Peckwell Crcmer: Li\es In Cleve- 
land Heights, Ohio where husband Is executive 
Director of Greater Cle\ eland .-Vnierlcan Red 
Cross. Sees Alice Swain Zell, Lucille Marshall 
Boethelt and Hazel Trimble Winshlp often. 
Has two daughters, one son and two grand- 
children. 

Marion Phillips: Is Senior Hostess at Fort 
Custer enjoys it very much. 

Marjorie Moss Taliaferro: Keeps busy as 
secretary to a doctor. 



Alice Swain Zell- Son Lucien at Bakersrield, 
California; daughter, Alice, a freshman at 
Wellesley; daughter Nancy at Laurel School 
and interested in athletics only. Saw^ Jim 
Hayes last June and she and Nancy monop- 
olized the conversation ! 

Abbie Munroe May: Spent last summer at 
Johns Hopkins and feels her arthritis has im- 
proved. Oldest son Is sub-engineer on a big 
airp<.rt project and still hopes to finish his 
course in Chemical Engineering. Daughter is 
senior at high school and youngest boy Is in 
eighth grade. 

1917 
Twenty-fifth Reunion 
Reuuion Chairmen: Polly Bjssell Ridler 
(Mrs. Earl S.) 608 Lindsay Road, Wilming- 
ton, Delaware. 

Rachel Llovd Holton (Mrs. Hoyt S.) 231S 
Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 

Our twenty-fifth reunion Is almost upon us 
and I hope we can have a really good turn- 
I'ut for this important event. Do start plan- 
ning now to reach Sweet Briar on June sixth, 
and to stay until the ninth. Helen McMahon 
is reserving a group of rooms for us so that 
we can all be together again. Plans are un- 
derway for a big time with special class e\ents. 
Don't miss it. 

PoLLV 

1918 
Class Secretary: Elizabeth Low man Hall 
(Mrs. Asaph) 866 Euclid Avenue, Elmira, 
New York. 

Funii Agent: Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck 
(Mrs. Stanley K.) 2139 Wyoming Avenue, 
N.W., Washington, D. C. 

In spite of a large number of cards sent at 
Christmas, the news from our class Is still 
non-cxistenl. I received greetings from several 
but nu details of their doings. 

One item which should have gone in the 
February issue was the announcement of Elea- 
nor Smith's marriage to Mr. Herbert Schenck 
Walters im January seventh. They will be 
living at Eleanor's home In Ocean Grove. 
Mr. Walters is connected with the Everfast 
Fabrics Company In New York City. 

The folic. wing article about Imogene Burch 
Wolcott taken from the Boston Traveler, 
will be of interest to everyone who knew her. 
"As presiding genius of two radio programs, 
a magazine and the homemakcr's service de- 
partment of a large New England grocery 
chain, attractive Imogene Wolcott sometimes 
feels she's the center of a three ring circus. 
A whiz in the kitchen when the mood seizes 
her, she is also editor of the new and stream- 
lined "American Cookery" magazine, and as 
such is convinced that the kitchen front will 
play as large a part in winning this war as 
will the military one. Mother of one son who 
is stationed at Hawaii with the United States 



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AlufntKir Nrw^ 



Army Tank Corps, she was born In Minne- 
apolis, spent a year abroad In a Swiss school, 
returned for two years at Sweet Briar College 
In Virginia ;ind transferred to the University 
of Wisconsin, of which she is a graduate. 
After college she made a bee-line for Man- 
hattan to become associate editor of a national 
maga7lne. Soon married and came to Boston, 
which she heartily despised at first but finally 
came to understand, and now wouldn't live 
anywhere else. Has brain waves In the middle 
of the night and scribbles down notes for the 
stores, and magazine. Doles on her functional 
summer home overlooking the Cape Cod Canal 
at East Sandwich. Surrounded by clover fields, 
the house Is decorated with their dark greens 
and purply-red as a color scheme throughout, 
with pigs a gay motif In the kitchen linoleum 
and a large Staffordshire one sprinkled with 
clover as the plece-de- resistance of the dwell- 
ing. Smitten periodically with wanderlust, she 
has been to Europe three limes; studied func- 
tional design In Paris In 1929; but thinks 
Guatemala the most fascinating and loveliest 
place she has ever visited. Had a period of 
bee raising and was once treasurer of the 
Massachusetts Bee Keepers Association, the 
majority of whose members are retired sea 
captains! Her only suppressed desire is to live 
In a pent house atop the New England Mu- 
tual's baby skyscraper. Author of "The Yan- 
kee Cookbook," she abominates the little de- 
tails of work — and always has a messy desk- 
top at her office, but stoutly maintains her 
bureau drawers at home are above reproach." 

1919 
Class Secretary: Elizabeth Eggleston, Green 
Level, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. 
Futui Ageti/: Florence Freeman Fowler 
(Mrs. Gerard S.) 233 Summit Avenue, Mt. 
Vernon, New York. 
Dear Helen: 

I am sorry to turn up a blank for you. I 
wrote to each member of the class and received 
only one answer. As this was more a cour- 
teous acknowledgment, than a news letter, it 
seems best to hold it back to be woven Into 
later news — If any. 

I do want to tell you that I'm glad you 
gave me this job, because It has made me see 
that the alumnae office is not to blame for the 
continued lack of news about 1919. I have 
been troubled and disappointed to open num- 
ber after number of the magazine and see 
1919 omitted. And I see that I've been quite 
unjust In blaming the office for the omission. 

1921 
C/rt.T.( Secrc/ary: Elizabeth Snoor Dixon 
(Mrs. Brownrigg) 1029 Maryland Avenue. 
Suffolk, Virginia. 

Fnnti Agent: Josephine Ahara MacMh.lan 
(Mrs. Louis) 736 East Franklin Street, 
Chapel Hill. North Carolina. 

Had the shock of my tender years when I 
was renotlfied that I am still "Madame Sec- 
retary" which explains why '21 was sadly 
missing In the February Issue. "Pardon me, 
R. W." Of course, we are all just as busy 
as we can be or we ought to be, but please 
let's not forget each other and Sweet Briar. 
We were freshmen during World War I, 
which ought to knit us more closely now than 
ever. I am knee deep In Red Cross with two 
examinations upon me at one time; first aid 



and home nursing. I have discovered that 
babies and learning are intended for the young. 
There is no news from any of you as you well 
know. If none of you will accept this job, 
please be considerate enough to tell me s(mie- 
thing about yourselves. You were good sports 
several decades ago; surely you have not 
changed. Everybody here is bicycle crazy. Hope 
the heart strain will not prove too great. I'd 
like to give aw ay about t\\enty years. .An\- 
candidates f 

1922 
20th Reuni<)n, June 6-9 
Class Secretary: Gertrude Dally Massie 
(Mrs. Adrian M.) Purchase Street, Rye, New- 
York. 

Fuvil Agent: Marion Walker Neiolingkr 
(Mrs. Lloyd K.) Three Elm Street, Hanover, 
New Hampshire. 

Believe it or Tiot, here we are in print 
again, and while I am feeling a trifle deflated 
because of the few responses to my cards, I 
have some news for you this time, and am 
hoping to have lots more before the next 
issue goes to press. 

I am deeply grateful to Alice Ear ley Cleri- 
denlng for a very prompt reply to my plea for 
news. Alice Is still in Philadelphia teaching 
in tlie Institute for the Control of Syphilis. She 
is giving a paper this month at the Pennsyl- 
vanit State Conference of Social Work In Har- 
risburg. She and her giown daughter, Jean, 
\ isited Sweet Briar last fall and found It*; 
charm enhanced w ith the passing of years. 

Our sympathy Is extended to Alice Babcock 
Simons, whose mother has been very III this 
\\ inter. 

I know you will be sorry to hear that Kitty 
Cook has been 111 since last August and Is con- 
\ alesclng at the Shepherd Pratt Institute in 
T()w son, Maryland. 

Several weeks ago we had the pleasure of 
"dining" Ruth Flske and her new^ husband, 
Charlie Steegar, who met with great approval. 
Ruthie is busy working for the Westchester 
County Children's Association. 

I heard from Beulah N orris at Christmas 
time. She offered to meet me at some central 
point and drl\e me to our Reunion in June. 
Hope she has not weakened on the Idea since 
the tire and gasoline rationing. Incidentally, 
please try to come back for this twentieth ! 

Gcrt Whitmore is our representative In 
Equestrian circles. She rode In the National 
Horse Show at Madison Square Garden last 
November. 

Mary Munson is senior assistant In the 
psychological department at Elgin State Hos- 
pital. This department conducts a vocational 
guidance and adolescent clinic at the Medical 
Center In Elgin, and gives voluntary service 
to draft boards. Mary Is active In farming — 
my new son could volunteer for hog-calling, 
Mary. He really Is good ! By the way did 
you know that I have a new son ? Now we 
ha\'e so many Adrians In tJie house, no one 
answers me. 

Margaret Menk West w-as very prompt to 
answer my recent card. We are sorry to hear 
that her mother has been ill in Shadyside Hos- 
pital for over a year. 

How many of you read Harperh Bazaar? 
Be sure to see the April Issue and glean very 
Important In f format Ion on how to keep your- 
selves fit, attractive and glamorous these hectic 
davs as outlined by Eleanor Guthrie Nefl^. 



Llllas Shepiierd Williamson Is chairman of 
a group which Is organizing fifteen hundred 
In Silver Spring, Maryland, for home defense. 

Not having heard directly from Burd Dick- 
son all winter, I shall have to report second 
or third hand that she was last seen attending 
.1 motor mechanics course In Sewlckley, attired 
In slacks and mink coat. See how dangerous 
it is not to answer my pleas for printable 
news of yourselves? 

Heard from Trot Walker Neldllnger last 
fall. She and her daughter, Mary Ann, both 
had pneumonia hut made successful recoveries. 

Besides babies, bottles, formulae, spinach, 
etc., I am practically exhausted from the Old 
Dutch Cleanser contest, but firnilv expect to 
win $1,000! 

If this makes no sense at all, attribute it 
to a blackout over an hour long, and a child 
terrified by the sirens. And now cheerio till 
June. 

Gert 
1921 

Class Secretary: Lavra Graham Hunter 

(Mrs. Handd F.) 706 River Avenue, Rome, 

Georgia. 

Ft/nii Agent: Mary Nadine Pope Phillips 

(Mrs. Carrlngton B.) 2924 Berkley Road, 

.Ardmore, Pennsylvania. 

The alumnae office received a letter from 
Martha McHenry Halter's mother saying, "It 
might Interest you to know that Martha called 
me (from Thurgau, Switzerland) on Christ- 
mas day and we talked for about ten minutes. 
The reception was very good. It was a great 
surprise to me and a very happy experience 
for us both." The office has just received from 
Martha the ijuestionnalre sent to graduate 
alumnae last October. Her address Is Gruneck, 
Thurgau, Sw itzerland. 

Announcement has been received of the mar- 
riage of Lucy M. Reaves to Major William 
G. Utterback. Major Utterback has been 
stationed at Camp Robinson but is being trans- 
ferred to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. 

Dorothy W. Green Is Mrs. Burr Powell 
Harrison. Senator Harrison Is state senator 
from Virginia. 

1926 
Class Secretary: Virginia Lee Tinker (Mrs. 
George F.) 30+ North Mountain Avenue, 
Upper Montclalr, New Jersey. 
Fun,/ Agent: Kitty Blount Andersen (Mrs. 
Frederick) Bayport, Minnesota. 
Dear 26: 

First of all, let me say how pleased I was 
at the response to my request for news for the 
Class Letter. 

Dorothy Keller Iliff wrote me a long letter 
reporting on the doings of many ot our class- 
mates. She has moved to Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, and her husband Is an officer in the 
Field Division of Selective Service. 

When last heard from Elinor Green Conrad 
was busy with a First Aid Course and was on 
a committee which reviews movies for children. 

Helen Finch Halford manages her farm In 
Hampshire, England, and entertains officers 
and their families as well as refugees from 
London. 

I received a telegram from the Stlllman 
Kelley's (Kay Norrls) announcing the birth 
of a son (Stlllman Randolph) on March 10. 

Joyce Macgregor reports she has been twelve 
years w ith the Board of Education In Pitts- 



April, 1942 



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biirirh and is also attending Evening School 
three nights a week. 

Edna Lee Cox*s husband has been made a 
Lieutenant Colonel. Their twins, Joan and 
Judith, are accompanying their mother to Flor- 
ida for a two weeks visit with Mr. and Mrs. 
Lee. 

Dorothy Hamilton Davis is taking classes 
In First Aid, Red Cross Nursing and Sewing. 
Her husband Is an Air Raid Warden. 

Margaret M.ilone McClenients and her hus- 
band have built a lovely country home near 
Pittsburgh and spent many winter week ends 
there. 

We send our deepest sympathy to Anne 
Maybank Cain whose mother and father passed 
away this winter and to Dorothy Bailey 
Hughes whose mother died In January. 

Martha Close Page and husband are having 
a second honeymoon at Miami Beach, Florida, 
without the "small fry," so it Is, In their 
nplnion the first real vacation In ten years. 

Elizabeth Moore Rusk Is working with the 
Civilian Defense establishing Hospital Units 
and First Aid Stations (one of which she has 
In her own home). She Is also working in the 
Community Service at Fort Dix where she and 
six other girls serve cofTee and cake to the 
soldiers, answer questions and send out wires 
and packages for them. 

Lois Peterson Wilson has nii>\ ed to John- 
ston, seven miles from Providence, Rhode 
Island. She has been taking Red Cross Courses 
and expects to take a Canteen Course In the 
near future. 

Margaret White Knobloch has a new home 
In Eric on the Lake Shore and along with the 
many others In our class is working at Red 
Cross Headquarters. 

This seems to be all the news to date, but 
dnn't forget to send In items of interest for 
the June Issue of the Magazine. Please re- 
member the Alumnae Fund. It Is never too 
late to send In a contribution. 
Sincerely, 

Virginia Lfe Tin'kfr. 

1927 
Fifteenth Reunion 
Class Secretary: Elsetta Gilchrist, 6^16 
York Road, Parma Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Florknce Shortau Poland 
(Mrs. Addison B.) 34 Plymouth Road, Sum- 
mit, New* Jersey. 

Bebe has been swamped with farm problems, 
a big civilian defense job plus spring planting 
at Sweet Briar and elsewhere. Her message 
to you, "Dan and I have been holding down 
reunions long enough now. We want support 
In June and lots of you!" You will hear from 
ymir reunion chairman soon. Please answer all 
questions and be on hand June sixth. 

1931 
r/.?.f-( ^fcrcfary. Martha von Brifsfn, 4436 
North Stowell Avenue. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Fund Agent: Martha McBroom Shipman 
(Mrs. Frank L.) 32n West Franklin Street, 
Troy, Ohio. 

Pollv Swift Calhoun holds the title, against 
all comers, I am sure, of Busiest Girl In the 
Class. .At present she goes twice a week, four 
hours at a time, to an observation post as a 
plane spotter. She helps her husband as air 
warden in Cornwall village. She has finished 
3 first aid course and Is ready to take the in- 



structor's course, as soon as one is available 
In her vicinity. She does all of her own work 
(she has three small children!) but this sum- 
mer she plans to have part-time help so that 
she can join the Land Army and work half- 
days on the farm. The rest of the time she 
expects to spend in gardening and canning. 
Her daughter Sue, not quite 5, does the dishes 
alone and Ted, going on 6, makes beds and 
carries wood and feeds the chickens. Her 
nephew, who Is a British refugee, has been 
with her for several weeks, although he ordi- 
narily stays with Polly's parents. In spite of 
the fact that Polly was serlusly ill before 
Christmas, she has managed to make two 
snowsults a week for the Red Cross since 
January 1st. 

Are you breathless as I am after reading all 
that? My hat Is off to you, Polly, and thanks 
so much for your good letter, which I appre- 
ciated very much. 

1932 

Tenth Reunion 

Reunion Chairman: Dorothv Smith Bfrkf- 

LEV (Mrs. Edmund) 332 Fifteenth Street, 

Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Ruth Remon Wenzel (Mrs. 
George) 3102 Thirty-third Place, N.W., 
Washington, D. C. 

Virginia Austin is Mrs. Theodore Wells 
Shaw. She is living at 186 South Batavia 
Avenue, Batavia, Illinois. Virginia has one 
son, John, aged four. 

M. Eugenia Ware is Mrs. Henry S. Myers. 
The office does not have her recent address. 

1933 
Class Secretary: Frances H. Atkinson, 177 
State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 
Fund Agent: Gerry Mallory, 169 East Clin- 
ton Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey. 

Langhorne Watts Austen was hostess in her 
attractive Brookllne home to the annual Sweet 
Briar Bridge-Tea late in March, with about 
twenty-four Brlarites from the class of '17 to 
present underclassmen attending. Margaret 
Robertson Densmore, ex '36, was actively en- 
gaged in obtaining subscriptions for the $2^ 
Defense Bond which had been rafHed, and 
"quite a tidy sum" was made out in a check 
for the College as a result of her and Lang- 
horne's efforts. Betty Myers Harding '3^ 
contributed colorful aprons of her own design 
for the prizes. Of our class. Blanche Davles 
Barloon, Langhorne, and I were the nnly 
representatives. 

Langhorne has three fine children: Sally — 6, 
Julia — 2, and George III — 11 months, and 
her surgeon-husband, George, teaches at the 
Harvard Medical School. 

Margie Morse Emllng has been attending 
the courses for air raid wardens In Scars- 
dale, New York, along with her husband, 
Ralph. Since the four children have married, 
Mr. and Mrs. Morse have sold their rambling 
home on Heathcote Road, but still live in 
Scarsdale. 

Elizabeth (Ted) Clary Treadwell has her 
first bab" Katherine-Louise, born November 
26, and Is the image of her daddy, Ben. 
Frances Powell Zoppa drove up from Rich- 
mond around the middle of February to visit 
with Ted, Ben, and daughter in Chevy Chase, 
Maryland. Frances Is the new president of the 
Richmond alumnae club. 



Nevil Crute has forsaken her "nice white 
laboratory" In Houston, Texas, for the "red 
and white kitchen," under the name of Mrs. 
WInfield .Addison Holmes, on February 21, 
address 1853 Sul Ross, Houston. She fairly 
purrs with contentment. 

Mary Elizabeth demons Porzelius from 
Chattanoog.i "gives" with news of activities 
with Red Cross classes, first aid and nutrition, 
motor corps, etc. Last October she and her 
husband, Albert, en route to New York, 
stopped by Roanoke and saw Rose Beverley 
Bear Burke and her two attractive daughters. 
Mary Elizabeth attended the Junior League 
Conference in Little Rock last November, ran 
into Rip Van Winkle McClure, ex '32, of 
Louisville, while there, and Is planning to 
attend the .April League Conference in Kansas 
City. She was recently elected president of 
the Chattanooga Junior League. 

Helen Seaton has an apartment In Rich- 
mond and Is working for the State Board of 
Education in the division of Audio Visual 
Education. 

Frances failed to Include an Interesting note 
about herself. "Just before Christmas I carved 
a sundial which I had cast in bronze, and the 
resultant dial shines like a new penny in the 
sun. It's lots of fun. Try it some time. Lead 
works very nicely, too, and doesn't have to 
be cast." — Editor. 

Change of address: 

Langhorne Watts, '33 (Mrs. George Austen, 
Jr.) 21 Hawthorne Road, Brookllne, Massa- 
chusetts. 

Marjorie Morse, '33 (Mrs. Ralph A. Em- 
ling) Apt. 2C— North, Scarsdale Manor, Scars- 
dale, New York. 

1935 
Class Secretary: Helen Wolcott, 19 West 
Kirke Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 
Fund Agent: Martha Jones Betts (Mrs. Reeve 
H.) 71 Park Street, Brookllne, Massachusetts. 

Spring fever must have set In early — only 
five responses to my lovely what-have-you-been- 
dolng cards. Fie, fie. But now that the lecture 
Is over: 

Barbara Benzlnger Lindsley Is the proud 
mama of identical twin boys, David Piper and 
Philip Roberts, born March 13. Luckily, the 
Lindsley family had just moved into a larger 
home where there will be enough room for 
three boys. She and her husband spent August 
and September In California, and in November 
Barbara went to Philadelphia to be matron of 
honor In her sister's wedding. 

Sarah Miller Adelman has a daughter, Mar- 
garet Morehead, born February 8. Not content 
with two children of her own, Sarah Is still 
running a kindergarten and nursery school. 

Peter Brush Cromwell has a son, Richard, 
HI, born February 3. 

Maud Winborne Leigh, ex '35, has a daugh- 
ter, Emily Southgate, born November 26. 
Her other two daughters, Winnie, 4V2, and 
Sarah, 3, are attending kindergarten and nur- 
sery school, respectively. 

Maud furnishes much news: Frances Meeks, 
ex '3>, is now Mrs. Loren Dubois Ford and 
Is living in Honolulu where she has a govern- 
ment job connected with the defense of "this 
lovely Island." Kay Lynch Bloker, ex '35, 
received her A.B. from Westminster College, 
and had a position with the Mother's Assist- 
ance Fund from 1935 to 1938, when she was 
married. She has a daughter, Lynne, born May 



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Alumnae News 



30, 1940. Dorothy "Rusty" Mackenzie Col- 
lins, ex '35, has a son and a daughter and is 
living in Los Angeles. Janet Kimball Miller 
visited Maud in February en route to Fort 
Eustis, where her husband is stationed. Ann 
Irving, ex '35, was married to Lawrence M. 
Cox in March. 

Martha Jones Retts reports a trip last fall 
to Pendleton, Oregon, to visit her husband's 
family, arriving there at the time of the big 
Round-up when the place was literally rwarm- 
ing with Indians and cowboys. Martha's broth- 
er, Gene, who is in the Air Corps, was sta- 
tir»ned In Pendleton so the trip turned out to 
be ijulte a family reunion. Since her return to 
the East, Martha has been busy getting settled 
in her new home in Newton Centre, Massa- 
chusetts. 

Hester Kramer Avery writes that husband 
JImmIe has been named an Instructor In the 
Field Artillery School at Fort Sill and that 
the Averys were lucky enough to get quarters 
on the Post — "a lovely apartment with three 
bedrooms and sun parlor among Its attrac- 
tions." Son John keeps Hester on the run, and 
she wonders how anyone can sleep so well In 
the daytime and be so wakeful between mid- 
night and dawn. 

Sallle Flint von Kann has deserted Okla- 
homa for Bowie, Texas. Letltla Rider, ex-'35. 
was married on January 3 to Captain Elmer 
Kennedy. 

Mary Marks is holding down the alumnae 
Fund fort at Sweet Briar, has just finished a 
course in first aid, and spends an occasional 
weekend on the family farm at Petersburg. 

Had a chat with Sue Strassburger Anderson 
the early part of March as she was waiting 
for the plane back to New Jersey. She and 
husband Fred had been to a wedding In 
Orange, Virginia, where the wedding guests 
took over the town. Mary Willis was another 
of the out of town guests. 

That's all. 

New addresses: 

Barbara Benzlnger Lindsley, 230 North Ter- 
race Drive, Wichita, Kansas. 

Anne Irving Cox, 930 Spotswood Avenue, 
Norfolk, Virginia. 

Hester Kramer Avery, FAS. Frnt Sill, Okla- 
homa. 

Martha Jones Betts, 51 Devon Rnnd, New- 
ton Centre, Massachusetts. 

1936 
Class Secretary: Lillian Cabell Gay (Mrs. 
James R.) 1010 Edmondson Avenue, Catons- 
vllle, Maryland. 

Fund Agent: Mary Virginia Camp Smith 
(Mrs. Charles, Jr.) Raleigh Apartments, 
Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Sorry that I've had no time to get a real 
letter for the April News. The first part of 
the month I nursed my mother who Is now 
recuperating from an operation at the Mayo 
Clinic In Rochester, Minnesota. I was glad 
to get her safely In the hospital and liave a 
visit or two with the friends I made there 
this winter before coming back to Baltimore 
for a minor operation myself. I left the hos- 
pital yesterday. I had the cards all ready to 
go and only know these few Items: 

Lucille Scott Knoke: Her third son, Paul, 
was born January third. Scottle Is now six 
and a half and David Is four. Elliot, her hus- 
band. Is a master in a boy's school! Alice 
Benet TTopklns Is at her family's home as 



Captain Porcher Is now away. She is busy 
with her son, Christie, but does quite a bit of 
sewing and other Red Cross work In Columbia. 
Alma Martin Rotnem's son, Richard, was born 
on December seventh. Marlon Cox Luck's 
young daughter who has suffered from heart 
trouble recently died. Marlon and Beattle have 
the sympathy of their friends In the classes of 
'35 and '36. Katherlne Lorraine Hyde's hus- 
band has left home with a newly acquired 
commission in the Navy. 

Engaged: Jacqueline Moore to William 
Harlae Hoofnagle. 

Married: Mary Jane Clay to Laytnn Martin 
Schoch, Jr. 

Martha Talley to Dr. Willl.Tni P. Deve- 
reaux. 

1937 

Fifth Reunion — Hostess Class 

Dorothy Prout Gorsuch 

Reunion Chairman and Toastmistress 

Class Secretary: Anne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Fund Agent: Virginia Hardin, 373 Hazel 
Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois. 

Well, this time I really reached a new low. 
Of the twenty odd cards I sent out I received 
only one answer. So I will have to fall back 
on those busybodies, the brides, for news. 

The one answer I think, deserves precedence. 
It's a nice long letter from Lee Hall Cramer 
who is running the family flooring business 
since her father Is retiring and Fred has been 
called Into the Army. Fred Is a second lieu- 
tenant stationed on Long Island and had to 
rush to duty just as they were planning a 
vacation south. Lee has been going to shows 
and operas during her spare moments, and 
hopes tn get down to reunion If only for a day. 

As I mentioned last time Ellle Snodgrass 
married Houston Saffold Park, Jr., on Feb- 
ruary 7th. They went to New York on their 
wedding trip and are now living at Elite's 
home until the draft situation Is more definite. 

May Weston, as you know, was married on 
February 14th to Barton F. Thompson. Kitty 
O'Brien Joiner and her husband, Peter Dyer 
Siirensen, Bobby Jarvls, and Dotty Prout Gor- 
such were all on hand to see It well done. 
May and Bart went to the Poconos and then 
returned to East Orange where they have an 
apartment at 129 North Walnut Street. 

Polly Lambeth Blackwell writes that she and 
Winfield took a vacation from their lovely 
baby daughter and paid a visit to Houston, 
Edgcwater Gulf, and New Orleans where they 
attended the Sugar Bowl game. 

The following wedding announcements will 
about complete my bit of news. Please do 
better next time. I would like to know who 
Is going to the reunion, and If anyone would 
like to write It up for me just let me know. 
As for the announcements: Mary Helen 
Freauff married Lieut. Charles Thackery Klein 
on November 13th and Is now at Fort Lewis. 
Anne Page Walker married Dr. Edmund 
Moseley LaPrade on February 28 th and is 
living at 1002 West Franklin Street, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. Anne Carter Lauman writes, 
"I have been working since last year at the 
American Association of Museums as secretary 
to the director, and I am enjoying It tremen- 
dously. The work is most interesting with 
plenty of variety and I am putting into prac- 
tice everything I picked up at Katie GIbbs from 



taking dictation, doing all the bookkeeping and 
odd jobs to typing manuscripts." 

I'll be writing you just once more, in June, 
and would like to account for each one of you 
then, so help me out if you can. Look for 
class statistics of interest too. Five years out 
and time to check up ! 

Engaged: Kathleen Eshelman to Donald 
Maginnis, wedding sometime this summer. 

Married: 

Margaret Cornwell to W. Clark Schmidt. 

Isabel Olmstead to Starrs Haynes. 

Eleanor Mindling to Harold Sussman. 

1939 

Class Secretary: Anne Benedict, Highland 
Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey. 
Fund Agent: Janet Thorpe, 50 Hey wood 
Road, Pelham Manor, New York. 

I wish that more of you would give me a 
pleasant surprise like I had last week when 
Henri Minor spent a week In New York pre- 
\'ious to the announcement of her engagement 
on March twenty-second to Ensign Harris E. 
Hart, U.S.N.R., of New York City. Henri and 
I met for luncheon a couple of times, and it 
was all I could do to drag myself back to 
work. The wedding plans are tentatively set 
for April or May. I was so excited about 
Henri that I can't remember any specific news 
about the rest of the Charlotte gals — but they 
are all well and happy and busy with Red 
Cross work. 

Yvonne Leggett Dyer is living near Wash- 
ington at the Kaywood Gardens Apartments, 
4207 Eastern Avenue, Mt. Rainier, Maryland. 
Her husband, Danny, Is In the Sugar Division 
of the O.P.M. Mary Mackintosh is burning 
up the roads for Motor Corps. Jean Moore is 
still hard at work In the advertising firm of 
J. Walter Thompson and Boot Vanderbilt Is 
also In that business, at Young and Rubicam, 
I believe. Had supper last night with Jane 
Parker and saw the offices of the *'The Amer- 
ican Home Magazine" — very attractive, but 
I fail to see how Jane gets any work done, as 
her desk Is In a very tastefully furnished living 
room — cushioned sofas, etc. Jane didn't have 
any recent news of Jean McKenney Stoddard 
except that she has two puppies and that most 
of the letters and mall recently sent to her In 
Call have been lost or sunk en route. 

Katherlne Bonsall was married on April 
nineteenth to Mr. John Strong of New Bruns- 
wick, Nova Scotia, at a church wedding with 
a reception at her home in Morrlstown. Bucket 
Dearstyne Is working hard at her School of 
Social Service (where they have no exams ! ) 

.April fifteenth was Lillian Neely's wed- 
ding day. She married Mr. Ralph Burrows 
Willis at nine o'clock in St. Paul's church in 
Augusta, Georgia. A reception at the Bon Air 
followed. 

Mary Lane Tread way was married on Feb- 
ruary twelfth to Ensign Henry Washburn, U.S. 
N.R., of Connecticut. Tready writes that after 
a honeymoon in Palm Springs, they have set- 
tled down in a San Francisco apartment. 

Elizabeth Barnes Is engaged to William 
Bird. She is at present studying landscape 
architecture at the Smith School, Cambridge, 
Massachusetts. Kay Richards is teaching third 
grade in the Little School In Englewood, New 
Jersey. 

Betsey Durham Goodhue Is In Richmond on 
a visit as w.is Shirley Jones Woodard recently. 



April, 1942 



23 



and they had a fine reunion with Jean Gray 
Scott MacNair. Betsy's stay tn Richmond Is 
rather uncertain as to length as her husband 
is in the service. 

Lil Smith is working at Vdung and Rubicani 
:ind latest news of Janet Thorpe Is that in 
between job hunts she has become a bicycle 
(lend, as has Julie Saundert. 

Dusty Rhodes was married on March twen- 
tieth tc William Salmon of Bloomfield, New 
Jersey. Kliznbeth Barnes is engaged to William 
Pdtter Bird. Martha Matthews will be married 
)»n April twenty-eighth to Thomas T. Evans. 

I hope you have all sent your alumnae Fund 
contribution to Janet Thorpe — remember that 
If you send them now you'll receive all the 
back Issues of the Alumnae Nkws as veil' 

1940 AND 1941 
Class Secretary. Nida Tomlin, 262'> Handa- 
syde Court, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Constance Ci'RRIk, 698 West 
Knd Avenue, New York, New York. 
Class Secretary: Joan Df.Vore, 313^ Victoria 
Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Fuuii Agt-tjf: Patricia Dowi.ing, 95 Genesee 
Street, New Hartford, New York. 

What would Gilbert hrive been without Sul- 
ll\'an? What Is a mouse without cheese? What 
Is Tomlln without DeVore and vice-versa f The 
answer at this stage of the game, Is that we 
are both in the soup. We are still slaves to 
the typewriter and have both been travelling. 
Therefore, April caught us woolgathering In- 
stead of news-gathering. So the follow Ing Is 
the result of a quickly scrambled collaboration. 
.Age before beauty, so here goes '40. 

Dedore saw Mary Petty Johnston looking 
sleek and prosperous. She has a new job which 
because of Its defense connection has to remain 
a mysterious secret, but her title Is "Air Plane 
Interceptor." Connie Currle is enjoying her 
position at McGraw Hill Company. Jane Gool- 
rlck and Peggy Caperton have just finished 
business school and are very serious about their 
future careers. Peggy Is contemplating a rest 
period here In Cincinnati. DottJe Campbell has 
already been relaxing In Florida and has now 
returned to Oklahoma City. Coralle will take 
a \acatIon from her job as secretary to a Com- 
munity Chest official, to be in C. P.'s wedding. 
On my brief "sponging trip" about the country, 
I saw Agnes Spencer Burke's attractive apart- 
ment and partook of her excellent home-cook- 
ing. Phoopy is still working and flying to 
Maxwell Field for weekends. Apparently, 
Midge Fleming has an Air Corps affiliation 
too, as she attended the graduation at Kellv 
Field. 

Parge Woods has divided time recently be- 
tween Petersburg, Lynchburg and Dr. Stickley, 
Sweet Briar, Richmond and Charlottesville. 
Her wedding will take place sometime in 
May and somewhere in Texas. 



r thought the Sweet Briar hockey field had 
been converted Into an air field too, \\hen I 
saw about eighty men get off the good old 
"Southern R. R." at S. B. on a quiet Sunday 
morning. But it was nothing less than tlie 
National Symphony Orchestra. Blair Bunting's 
wfdding to Richard J. Both of Newton Centre, 
Massachusetts, will take place in Wilmington 
on May ninth. Ivy, Ellle Snow, Lois Fernley 
McNeil and Connie Currie are to be In the 
wedding. 

Nicky (lock ley's engagement to Robert S. 
\IcLeHan of Frceport, New York, has been 
announced. 

Marianna Bush will be married May 2 to 
Robert Rutledge King, Jr. 

From the sublime to the ridiculous, jn other 
words, youth must be served, so take over, 
Dedore. 

1941 

A brief vacation in New York visiting Mary 
James and Butch Gurney In Garden City leaves 
me at a loss for sought after news — so what 
follows is by way of mouth mostly. Mary was 
busy with rehearsals for "Dear Brutus" to be 
given by the dramatic school on April first. 
Allen Bagby has almost completed her secre- 
tarial course in French at the Interboro School. 
Bebo Chichester Is In charge of an Interna- 
tional Business Machine at a bank In New- 
York. 01i\ ia Rhodes Is living w Ith Mary, 
Allen and Bebo and is working with a textile 
firm there In the big city. Ruth Beach Is study- 
ing to be a medical technician at St. John's 
Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. 

Janle Loveland came out to Butch's full of 
new s. She had been to Anne Borough's wed- 
ding with Betty Dourett and Joan Myers. Joan 
and Dotty White are both at Katy GIbbs. 

Libby Lancaster's wedding In Richmond 
proved to be a regular Sweet Briar gathering: 
Doucett, Pat Potter, Janle Loveland, Dotty 
Bennett, Emory Hill, and Margaret Craighill 
were all there for the ceremony beside many 
of the faculty members. LIbby Is now living 
In Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Frances Wilson Is getting her Masters De- 
gree in Philosophy at the University of Rich- 
mond. 

Peg Tomlln is a full-fledged member of 
the Motor Corps and passed the First Aid 
Course w ith flying colors — 1 00. Judy Hoeber 
is a working girl after completing a business 
coiMse. Shirl Devlne is working on first aid 
as well as In the Emergency Room at the 
Hospital In Erie. Butch has also completed 
her first aid course besides working for her 
M.A. degree at Adelphl. Butch is earnestly 
striving to become a teacher of American his- 
tory. 

Red Cross Motor Corps and working at Fort 
Story are keeping Piney Martin very busy. 
Mini! Worth ington Is taking a concentrated 
business course to be completed In June — MIml 



is also sporting a new feather bob and very 
becoming so I hear. 

PIckard and Franny Baldw In joined forces 
In the great city of Charleston, South Carolina, 
for a holiday — Pick was recuperating from 
weeks of Motor Corps and First Aid courses. 
I have finally traced Marcia Wiley down. She's 
living at 12 Lowell Street, Port Washington, 
New York. However, Nlda and I are getting 
too old and too tired to trace down some two 
hundred souls to put In our news writeups. 
There Is no priority on post cards and they 
cost only a penny apiece, and the Ink Is negli- 
gible. Them's hard words — we don't Intend to 
end on a sour note though, for there is lots of 
good news. 
Engaged: 

Emory C.ill to Mr. Carrlngton Williams. Jr. 
of Richmond. Mr. Williams is a graduate of 
the University of Virginia. He will interne 
next year at the Boston City Hospital. The 
wedding will probably take place scmietime In 
June. 

Elsie Meeds to Lt. John E. Flaherty of the 
U. S. Marine Corps. 

Cynthia Harrison to Lt. Murray Drinkwater 
of the U. S. Navy. 

Margaret Dowell to John P. Cochran. 
Helen Watson to George D. Hill. 
Barbara Holman to William W. Whitcomb. 
Barbara is at present studying at the Pierce 
Secretarial School and the Berlitz School of 
Languages in Boston. 
Married : 

Barbara Godfrey to Lt. Dudk-y Hale .-\dams 
on February twenty-ninth. Barbara had a iiiIH- 
t.iry wedding In the Naval Academy Chapel 
with Connie Chalkley and Olive May Whit- 
tin gt on as bridesmaids. 

Estelle Sinclair to Frederick Farrar on 
March fourteenth. 

Joy Carter to Lt. Phillip Sydney Carrlngton 
on March fourteenth. 

C P. Ncel to George Mahoney on .April 
eighteenth. 

Anne Burr to Walter Coy. 
Anne Borough to John D. O'Connor. He Is 
training at the Great Lakes Naval Training 
Station, Illinois. 

NLiry-Esnuuid Grant to Rudolf Moehs of 
Liberty, New York. 

Nancy Boyle to Lt. Lyle Richardson. 
Joan M each am to Godwin Gay on .April 
eleventh. Mary Henri Norman will be malu 
of honor and Betty-Jo McNarney will be one 
of the bridesmaids. 

.Adele Dia7 to G. Vernon Eads. They are 
living at One Beaufort Place, New Rochelle, 
New York. 

Ellie Damgard Firth (Mrs. J. M., Jr.) is 
living in Lynchburg at the Cavalier .Apart- 
ments. 

Word has been received that Irene Vongehr 
Vincent Is now living in Kwclyang, China. 



Fortunes Still Needed 

Lois Foster Moon- '33 has gcncrousl\' coiitributi-il iiiniu needed 
1941 file still lacks the March, June and August copies. 


issues to the Library. 


The 



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Alu 



Neuis 



Facts and Figures Continued 

This chart conipiied by Martha von Briescn in connection with the article Fact^ and Figures in 

the February magazine had to be omitted tor lack uf space. 

Number Number p , 

Number of Question- who did no Married Children who did 

graduates nalres graduate graduate , ' . , 

Place- * J . J .J and married 

v^ ia» . returned study study 

1910 5 4 2 2 6 2 2 

1911 6 3 1 - - 2 2 

1912 3 1 - - - 1 

1913 14 5 3 3 4 2 2 

1914 8 4 3 2 7 1 1 

1915 6 5 2 2 3 3 1 

1916 10 4 4 3 7 

1917 10 5 3 2 7 2 2 

1918 18 9 6 6 11 3 2 

1919 18 8 6 4 11 2 1 

1920 18 8 6 6 11 2 1 

Summary: 

1910-1920 116 53 36 30 67 20 14 

Class: 

1921 33 17 10 9 16 7 6 

1922 31 9 5 5 19 4 3 

1923 40 23 14 13 22 9 6 

1924 46 22 14 13 24 8 7 

1925 37 25 16 15 23 9 8 

1926 68 35 25 23 46 10 6 

1927 68 31 17 15 31 14 9 

1928 54 27 23 23 39 4 2 

1929 87 47 28 23 48 19 13 

1930 83 39 27 27 34 12 7 

Summary: 

1921-1930 547 275 179 166 302 96 67 

Class: 

1931 67 42 30 28 34 12 8 

1932 62 37 23 21 30 14 7 

1933 68 40 25 22 24 15 11 

1934 68 44 23 18 19 21 14 

1935 90 67 42 37 38 26 16 

1936 57 36 24 20 13 12 5 

1937 57 33 25 15 9 8 3 

1938 79 48 37 21 5 11 5 

1939 78 54 44 25 4 10 4 

1940 77 54 40 12 1 14 1 

Summary: 

1931-1940 703 455 313 219 177 143 74 

Class : 

1941 89 53 46 - - 7 

Graduate study: at least one semester of study in academic subjects, music or art. 

Business and secretarial courses were not counted. 
Graduate degrees: degrees awarded after one or more years of graduate study, and 

diplomas given by schools of music, art, etc. 



Children 


(Jraduate 
degrees 


1 


2 


5 


1 


- 


1 


3 


2 


1 


- 


3 


2 


5 


1 


8 


2 


1 


1 


2 


1 



26 



96 



13 



11 


2 


9 


1 


12 


2 


/ 


3 


16 


2 


6 


4 


12 


5 


2 


1 


12 


8 


9 


5 



33 



10 


5 


4 


10 


9 


5 


11 


8 


7 


15 


6 


4 


1 


2 


1 


2 


- 


5 


49 


56 



PRACTICE BLACKOUT 

Wednesday, April 22, 1942 

SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 

Community Meeting 

O.C.D. Film on Incendiary Bombs - - Demonstration by Lynchburg Fire Department. 

CAMPUS ORGANIZATION 



Coordinator 

Superintendent of 
Buildings and Grounds 



First Aid 

Dr. Rice 
Miss Rogers Miss Riggs 



2 Alternates 



Mr. Barker Mrs. Kerr 



Miss Marks 
Miss Benedict 



Miss Arnold 
Miss Stochholm 



Student to 
Each Hall 



Alternate 
to Each Hall 



Chief Warden 

Miss Matthews 



Miss Pearl Miss Buckham Anne Bundy Mr. Dinwiddle Miss Malz 

Elijah Road East Faculty Row Dormitories Stables & Dairy Faculty on Hill 



DORMITORY ORGANIZATION 
Warden 

Miss Matthews 



Assistant Warden - 

Anne Bundy 



5 Messengers 
Information Office 



GRAY 
Sally Jackson 



CARSON 
Alice Sweney 



RANDOLPH 
Virginia Griffith 



MANSON 
Anne Woods 



GRAMMER 
Nancy Bean 



Proctors 
1 to Each Hall 



Alternates 
1 to Each Hall 



Messengers 
Two 



Inspectors 
Two Outside 



Fire Watchers 
One 



REID 
Nancy Pingree 



Incendiary 
Bomb Squad 4 



NOTES 

Program for air-raid defense is planned by sub-committee of Com- 
mittee on Emergency Service. The Superintendent and Mr. Din- 
widdle are members of the Amherst Defense Council. Sweet Briar 
receives instructions and warnings from Amherst. Amherst 
receives instructions and warnings from Lynchburg, the center. 




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Youth on the Campus 

(Rcpriiifeil from tin- Chicago Siiuday Tribune, 
June 14, 1942) 

By Eleanor Nangle 

It's dangerously easy to do Sweet Briar College the real Sweet Briar plantation is famous for its gardens, especially 

disservice of over-emphasizing the staggering beauty of its for its English box, including the boxwood circle in front 

setting and the attractiveness of its 45 students. It's easy of Sweet Briar house. It was on this flawless green carpet 

to give the utterly false impression that it is more movie framed in symmetrical round boxwood trees that the May 

set than seat of learning. As a matter of fact, the theat- day festival was once held- 
rical hand at Sweet Briar is nature's and nature's alone. 

Sweet Briar's grounds are breath-takingly lovely. And 
its students are so uniformly well groomed, well mannered, 
and unaffected that the visitor invariably raves of their 
charm. But life at Sweet Briar consists of more than May 
day and magnolia blossoms. The students are not languid 
southern belles with traditionally light minds. They must 
and do work and are actually happily average girls earnestly 
pursuing their degrees, different from other college girls 
day and magnolia blossoms. The students are not languid 
collegiate pose of slovenly dress and the bored air. 

It is not a custom at Sweet Briar to wear slacks or blue 
jeans on campus. Briarites don't slosh around in dungarees 
for five days a week and hastily go into their "girl" role 
when the weekends bring the beaux around. They have 
the habit of good grooming. The boys could come calling 
from V. M. I. or the University of Virginia any day in the 
week and find Sweet Briar girls at their best — which is 
good indeed. 



Though in its age, its aims, and its academic standards 
Sweet Briar is a twentieth century product, its roots reach 
far back into the last century and its story is linked with 
its romantic setting. It was founded in 1900 as "a per- 
petual memorial" to Daisy Williams, only daughter of 
Indiana Fletcher Williams, owner of the larger and mag- 
nificent Sweet Briar plantation in the Piedmont section of Charlottesville 
Virginia. Daisy Williams was born at Sweet Briar and 
buried there at the age of sixteen. "Daisy's garden," to 
the rear and one side of the plantation house, and Daisy's 
grave on Monument hill on the campus are hallowed 
ground for Sweet Briarites. 



"Daisv's garden," of smaller boxwood trees, was her 
cherished plavground of the whole extensive plantation. 
And it is a sweet spot, though Daisy had many others 
from which to choose. Sweet Briar's 3,000 acres are a 
beautiful panorama of woodlands, mountains. Sweet Briar 
lake, and miles of picturesque paths. Every section of the 
college grounds gives a view of the Blue Ridge mountains, 
and on one of their foothills, overlooking the campus, are 
the Fletcher and Williams graves, Daisy's marked by a tall 
shaft. One of the original slave cabins still stands, con- 
verted now into a dim, cool little oratory. 

Sweet Briar plantation house is very old; Sweet Briar 
college buildings are relatively new. All were built since 
1900 and all conform to a pattern harmonious with the 
plantation background and a plan established for the 
whole in the school's beginnings. Gleaming white pillars 
and ivy-covered arcades are their most typical features. 

The dead seriousness of academic life at Sweet Briar is 
tempered bv a gracious social life and the lure of the 
countryside. Riding is an all-year sport. Hiking and 
picnicking on or near the grounds are almost daily after- 
class diversion. Sweet Briar lake provides a beautiful set- 
ting for boating. Highlights of the social picture in addi- 
tion to Sweet Briar's own two sets of formal dances are 
the proms at Washington and Lee and V. M. I., both in 
Lexington, and those at the University of Virginia at 



Sweet Briar plantation house, a long yellow brick build- 



in its enrollment, which is limited for the present by 
its dormitory space and which will always be held to JOG 
or less. Sweet Briar lists a good sprinkling of midwesterners, 
among them Peggy Mueller of Davenport, Iowa; Kath- 
erine Mensing of Milwaukee, Suzanne Landis, Mary Ruth 
Pierson, and Virginia Noyes of Evanston, Mindy Jeffrey 



ing with arched porticos and three-story towers at each of Glencoe, Louise Konsberg and Dale Bogert of Winnetka, 
end, is now the home of the college president. Miss Glass. Frances Pettit of Ottawa, and Barbara Ripley of Chicago. 



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Volume XI 



June, 1942 



Number 4 



The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Alumna Member oj the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugcni.T Griffin, MO) 

5906 Three Chopt Ro.tcI, Ridinionii, Virgini.i 

Alumnae Representatiz'cs on Board of Oz-erseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, M5 

21 Foxcroft Road, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Term Expires May, 1943 

Mrs. Joseph Winston Cox, Jr. 
(Edna Lee, '26) 
16 Vernon Terrace, Belle Haven, Alexandria, Virginia 
Term Expires May, 1946 

President 

Mrs. Robert H. Scannell 

(Fanny Ellsworth, '21) 

50 Parkway West, Mount Vernon, New York 

First Vice-President 
Gertrude Prior, '29 
Sweet Briar. Virginia 

Second Vice-President 

Mary Petty Johnston, '40 

40 East 88th Street, New York, New York 

Executive Secretary 

Helen McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 
Mary V. Marks, '35 
Sweet Briar, Virginia 



Members of the Council 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Mary Bissell, '17) 

608 Lindsay Road, Wilnilngton, Delaware 

Mrs. E. C. Ivey, Jr. 

(Eugenia Goodall, '25) 

3827 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 

(Elizabeth Prescott, '28) 

1202 Parkway East, Utica, New York 

Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, '30) 

Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Martha \-on Briesen, '31 

4436 North Stowell .'\venue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Mrs. Howard Luff 

(Isabel Webb, '20) 

2215 Devonshire Drive, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 



Helen H. McMahon, Editor 

Contents 

Youth on the Campus 

Frontispiece 

Miss Sparrow, Mr. Dev< , Miss Lomer, Retire 

Across the President's Desk — - 

Honor A-o^-ards at Commencement, June 9, 1942 

The Liberal Arts College and the Crisis — 

By Dean Mary El) Lyman 

American Red Cross Workers — Women 

The Manson Memorial Scholar 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 

New Officers and Alumnae Council 1942-1944 

Poems: Silence, Prayer By Frances Baldwin 12 

Annual Business Meeting Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 15 

13 

14 

15 
17 
28 



Inside Front Cover 

2 

3 

6 



7 
10 
11 
11 

12 



Gifts to Sweet Briar, 1941-1942 

What About Art — Now? 

Annual Report of the Alumnae Secretary 

Class Notes 

Graduates of the Class of 1942 



Excerpts from Patch Snatches Inside Back Cover 



Order throuqh the 

Alumnae Office 

Iced tea glasses, $6.00 
per dozen, $.60 each 
(plus postage). 

Vases . ^ ^ $2.50 each. 

Cigarette boxes, $1.25 
each. 

.Ash travs $.60 each. 

Finger bowls, $10.00 per 
dozen, $1.00 each. 

Get Yours Now! 



Sweet Briar China plates available in all shades. 
Small supply of other pieces. Write the alumnae office. 




■j*:>'^^i?^g^'S 




Dr. Helen C. White 
Dr. White, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin and president 
of the American Association of University Women, addressed the 1942 graduates 
at Commencement on June ninth. In her speech, "The Educated Woman in 
a World at War," Dr. White stressed the social obligations of education not 
only for immediate service but for the long-time maintenance of civilization. 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS 



Volume XI 



June, 1942 



Number 4 



Miss Sparrow, Mr. Dew, Miss Lomer, Retire 

To these three, so well kiiouii to many Sticet Briar uoiueii, the aliiiiiinte cv/jms jirhle 

hi their association uith Sweet Briar Colle^^e, deep appreeiatioit of their long service, 

iiiul affectionate ^^ooil uishes for their future. 



CAROLINE SPARROW 

There are now over five thousand 
former students of Sweet Briar, and 
all of them remember, either vaguely 
or vividly, the dell and the boxwood 
and the Chapel and the Refectory. 
Most of them also remember Miss 
Sparrow, and many of the hundreds 
who knew her think of her whenever 
they think of Sweet Briar, as an in- 
separable part of what it means to 
them. For college years set their life- 
time mark upon us not by class songs 
and May Days nor by Odes of Hor- 
ace and prose of Pater but by asso- 
ciation with certain individuals. You 
will discover this by asking any 
alumna of any college, or by listen- 
ing to several of them talking over "the good old days." 

In the earliest years of our college when the first red 
brick buildings were newly risen from the red earth, with 
faith and optimism for their real foundations, the )'oung 
history teacher probably did not plan to be there indefi- 
nitely. But there is great force in continuity, in the things 
which go on from year to year for a long time. Sweet 
Briar needed traditions and Caroline Sparrow was one of 
those best fitted to make them. With an outlook as broad 
as her chosen field of study, she was first and last, indelibly 
and unmistakably, a Virginian. And that was what Sweet 
Briar must be — free of provincialism and narrow concepts 
yet indigenous to its own soil; rooted in the old Virginia 
and leading the progress of the new. Also there was hard 
work to be done and Caroline Sparrow was ready to help 
do it. She believed ardently in the growth of the college 
and of the undergraduate mind, and with zest and staunch 
persistence she has battled for both ever since. 

When we hear somebody sa)' "a professor I once had 
taught me something I'll never forget," that person is 
speaking of one of those rare teachers with the natural 
gift of opening closed doors within the individual student. 
Miss Sparrow was such a teacher as that. She did not 




cudgel the unawakencd or reluctant 
brain but beckoned to it down entic- 
ing b\-paths of learning, making one 
feel a blood kinship with all the hu- 
man race through the troublous ages, 
making Charlemagne or Attila the 
Hun real as a small-town neighbor. 
With her the pursuit of facts could 
be an exciting sport very like follow- 
ing a mountain goat in its nimble 
leaps from crag to crag. It was fun 
to watch her, poised over an idea like 
a hummingbird over a flower, ex- 
tracting the substance from it deli- 
cately but thoroughly. 

It has been well said that the wise 
person has a serious attitude towards 
life but a light approach. Nothing 
is more characteristic of Miss Sparrow than her agile wit, 
the whimsical humor with chuckles in the corners of it. 
But beneath that, one is aware of well-charted spiritual 
depths. With the soul of a mystic, she has been a 
tireless laborer in the vineyards of the practical. Percep- 
tive imagination was back of her pioneer public health 
campaign for Amherst County, but only zealous effort 
produced its constructive results. 

The past tense has been used here in reference to Miss 
Sparrow's thirty-five years in Sweet Briar classrooms. But 
even though the community must lose one of its most 
familiar landmarks upon her retirement from professorship, 
the qualities which made her different from everyone else 
remain. Like a bright thread running through the whole 
pattern of Sweet Briar's history, she herself has become 
one of its most honored traditions. And to chose who love 
her she continues to shine in the heart, as always, like a 
candle in the dark. 

"She spies the summer thro' the winter bud. 
She tastes the fruit before the blossom falls. 
She hears the lark within the songless egg. 
She finds the fountain where they wail'd 'Mirage'!" 
Jane Guignard Thompson, Class of 1923. 



Aim. 



News 




W ILLIAM BLAND DEW 

Those of us who have had our 
thirtieth reunion, and with it the 
experience of seeing our daughters 
or the daughters of our class mates 
roam the campus which once was 
ours, are prone to let our memories 
run back over the years. In retro- 
spect now I see myself arriving at 
Sweet Briar, one of that little band 
of thirty-six, on a rainy afternoon 
in September, 1906. The lights had 
been turned on in the dormitories for \j 

the first time the night before; the -■, ,'« 
debris from new construction had ^fe^' ■ [^ \ 

not been entirely removed; the red 
clay of Amherst County, completely 

implanted, lay damp and soggy close up to the very doors. 
Newness pervaded everything and the prospect was not too 
cheering to those of us who had dreamed dreams of college 
life. 

But almost as scon as we alighted from the horse-drawn 
bus which had brought us from the station (or rather from 
the place where the station was to be) we were met by a 
tall thin man, with a pleasant face, sandy hair and kind 
blue eyes with a definite suspicion of a twinkle in them. 
I think from the first moment we saw him each of us felt 
that Mr. Dew was her friend, some one to turn to in all 
sorts of difficulties and problems. 

He probably had his discouragements during those early 
years. The Amherst clay no doubt seemed as soggy and 
ubiquitous to him as it did to us and the difficulties of 
getting to Lynchburg probably palled on his spirits even 
more than they did on ours; for at that time masculine 
society was limited at Sweet Briar and he must have 
wearied of so much femininity. But if he were discouraged 
no one ever knew it. His keen humor, his i-eady joke, his 
perpetual friendliness never failed. 

As I look back now I feel sure that Mr. Dew and Miss 
Benedict had the courage and the spirit that the Lord gives 
to real pioneers — the one managing not only the business 
side of the college, but doing all the varied things that 
arose, from reading the Sunday morning service when no 
minister was available to getting each girl's ticket for the 
holiday trips or seeing that the last man was off the 
campus after our refectory dances; the other building up, 
from the very first day, the standards and ideals of a real 
college, but, busy as she was, finding time to be a friend 
to each girl and through the girls start the organizations 
and customs which she knew (and we did not) should be 
from the very beginning the heritage of every college. 
Truly we were privileged in those early years, on account 
of the smallness of the college community, to know well 
such personalities as these two. I believe that the two 
were a great help to each other. Many times in later years 
I have heard Miss Benedict say that she could not have 
accomplished what she did for the college without Mr. 
Dew's never failing understanding and assistance. 




There were other personalities, 
still connected with Sweet Briar, who 
meant much to the students in those 
years — Miss Sparrow, Miss Mattie 
and Miss Gay, Mr. Rollins — but 
Mr. Dew is the only one who has 
been with the College continuously 
from 1906 to 1942^ We probably 
saw more of him than the students 
who came as the College grew larger, 
but on my return visits at Com- 
mencements, as I have watched 
groups of Alumnae of all ages wend 
their way down the hill to "The 
Dews," I have realized, with real sat- 
isfaction, that through all the years 
students were having the benefit of 
the inspiration of his influence. When 
they returned to Sweet Briar, the first place they wanted 
to go was to the hospitable house at the end of Faculty 
Row 

His has been an unusual sort of influence, completely 
unconscious on his part and for that reason all the more 
felt, all the more lasting. Keenly appreciative of the best 
in literature, a lover of history, alert to all current prob- 
lems, and above all interested in humanity, Mr. Dew, in 
his quiet, stimulating conversations, has given Sweet Briar 
students of nine college generations something they will 
not forget. 

Nothing gave me more pleasure than to have my niece 
who graduated in '40 write me of having Sunday breakfast 
with Mr. and Mrs. Dew, a walk with Mrs. Dew, a visit on 
the porch, looking towards that tranquil view of the set- 
ting sun, the rolling hillside with the grazing cows and 
Mrs. Dew's garden in the foreground. If she enjoyed these 
things, I knew that she had not missed the side of Sweet 
Briar that had meant so much to me, the side that is asso- 
ciated with personalities and which, as we look back on it, 
the years cannot change. 

Although he is retiring from active work at the College, 
retirement for Mr. Dew will never be possible for the 
scores of girls who have known him and loved him. To 
them thoughts of Sweet Briar will always be synonymous 
with thoughts of him and of Mrs. Dew and the gracious 
hospitality of their home. They are the links which have 
bound the chain of the years together through three presi- 
dential administrations. 

When I return to Sweet Briar for visits to them, as I 
do at every opportunity, and relax in the quiet charm and 
friendliness of their home, I feel that the two genuinely 
embody that intangible thing that all of us from 1906 to 
1942 have cherished — Sweet Briar Spirit! Of late years my 
visits to them have brought vividly to me Browning's 
lines which seem so applicable: 

"Grow old along with me. 
The best is yet to be. 

The last of life for which the first was made." 
Nan Powell Hodges, Class of 1910. 



]nnc, 1942 



Miss LoMER 



DORIS A. LOMER 

Thirteen years — that's hardly more 
than a. tenth of a century; in a man's 
span it would bring him only to the 
brink of adolescence; in the long and 
wavering line of history it's a mere 
pin-point in time. But in the life of 
Sweet Briar we look back to the day 
when Miss Lomer came to this Vir- 
ginia college from her native Mon- 
treal to assume the direction of its 
library. 

As a consequence the past thirteen 
years have been breathtakingly full 

and productive ones in the life and growth of the college 
library. They saw the Httle white frame building, that had 
become more and more inadequate for the needs of a vigor- 
ous and alert college student body, give way to the hand- 
some Mary Helen Cochran Library, the gift of Mr. Fergus 
Reid. They saw the constant and carefully directed expan- 
sion of the library's collection of books, the continual 
awareness that the library was an integral part of the col- 
lege community, and the continual striving to equip the 
library to answer the needs of every student and often to 
anticipate her need before there was more than a look of 
faint bewilderment in her eyes. 

These years have seen the careful selection and direction 
of a staff by Miss Lomer to the point where, in response 
to a freshman's bland query for "Ant Gone, you know, 
that book on the Freshman Reading List," any one of the 
assistant librarians will without hesitation give her a copy 
of Sophocles "Antigone." On the other hand they are 
ready, willing and able to unearth obscure reference ma- 
terial for the senior's long paper, for an interdepartmental 
major or for information needed in the wide field to be 
covered by a comprehensive examination. 

Too many to enumerate in detail have been Miss Lomer's 
practical, concrete contributions to the library. Some of 
them only a trained librarian could fully appreciate, such 
as the giant task of recataloging, with little extra help, 
19,000 books in addition to increasing the collection from 
that 19,000 which she found when she came, to 5 8,000 
volumes today. Her careful selection of these volumes has 
strengthened the weak spots in the collection and made 
the Sweet Briar library one which is comparable to an)- 
college library of similar size. As new courses have been 
added to the curriculum, she has seen that the library has 
not only books pertaining directly to the courses but also 
reference material that is of constant value. She has built 
up as well the general reference collection so that its aid 
is invaluable both to students and to facultv members who 
are pursuing research. 

Quadrupling the number of volumes has necessitated the 
addition of a new floor in the stacks. This change, in turn, 




entailed moving all the books twice 
and rearranging then to put them in 
the most accessible locations possible 
for the use of the students and 
faculty. 

Instruction in the use of the 
library is something which is borne 
by new students, but how many 
times do they unconsciously thank 
Miss Lomer for that preliminary 
groundwork as they use the library 
to its fullest advantage day after day 
and year after year. Probably the 
excellent exhibits are taken more or 
less as a matter of course, but these 
too are a tribute to Miss Lomer's ingenuity, in dealing with 
extremely limited material, a tiny amount of space and 
funds that already have too many calls upon them. Yet the 
exhibits have ranged from a beautiful Bible display, to a 
series on printing and the history of the book to modern 
photography and the early days at Sweet Briar. 

Keenly aware that the library might share its resources 
outside the limited Sweet Briar community. Miss Lomer 
started the Traveling Library which goes to the country 
schools of the county. Were these gaily colored picture 
books and children's classics appreciated? Take a look at 
the dog-eared volumes in the collection! She has also 
supervised the collection and distribution of magazines to 
rural homes and schools. 

These are just a few examples chosen at random and arc 
intended to show how thoroughly in sympathy Miss Lomer 
is with the sentiment of Newman that a college is just a 
collection of books. 

But there are many intangible qualities of the excep- 
tional librarian which Misss Lomer possesses to a marked 
degree. Many is the instructor, an expert in his own field, 
who has remarked feelingly that Miss Lomer's amazingly 
wide acquaintance with the varied aspects of a just as 
amazingly wide range of fields is of untold assistance to 
everyone who seeks her aid. Perhaps it is this unique 
capacity that is the basis for the growth of the library 
and the true evaluation of her contribution to it. 

And now Miss Lomer is returning to Canada, propelled 
by a wish to be among her own during these trying times. 
She is leaving a gap at Sweet Briar that we can only 
see in vague outline now, yet at the same time she is 
leaving behind her an indelible mark on the life of Sweet 
Briar. 

The dimensions of that mark we can only hint at though 
we know we shall see them more and more clearly as time 
goes on. But now we can and do with all our hearts wish 
her God speed and a full life in her new-old environment. 

By Virginia Gott Gilbert, 193 5, 

Jean Sprague, 1934. 



Aliiiiiinic NcHs 



cAcross the President's IDesJi- 



June 13, 1942 

THE thirty-third session of Sweet Briar is finished. The 
\'ear was as stimulating and creative at Sweet Briar as 
it has been on most college campuses. Rather far-reaching 
reorganization of courses in history, economics, sociology 
and government has been under study for two years, and 
new offerings and new correlations have been made, the 
four subjects being for the future organized into a Divi- 
sion. Of course special work adjusted to war-time train- 
ing has been offered, both within and without the curricu- 
lum, and pertinent groupings of courses already offered 
have been called to the attention of students. Much study 
and discussion has gone on concerning the forms and prob- 
lems of the peace and the extent to which the conduct of 
the war predetermines some phases of the peace. 

The Committee on Admission has considered many 
applications and established a waiting list of eligible stu- 
dents who wish to come to Sweet Briar. There may be 
changes during the summer — there always are — but per- 
haps even more of them will come this year. Two of the 
girls who graduated this June were married during the 
spring, and perhaps some of next year's seniors will be 
married this summer or next Christmas. Their continuance 
in college is additional evidence that Sweet Briar students 
see this as a time for concentration on preparation. It is 
expected that the college will be enrolled to capacity for 
1942-43. 

Government service has called one member of Sweet 
Briar's staff and threatens to call two more, and the armed 
services may call one, two, or three. Those who continue 
here see dislocations as challenges. We will carry on to 
our utmost ability. 

The campaign gifts of 1940-41 and 1941-42 have as- 
sisted in some long desired promotions and salary increases. 
The Auditorium Fund too grows bit by bit. While the 
money to build accumulates and the war moves on to vic- 
tory and a time when building can be dene again, we are 
refreshing and repairing the present chapel with prospects 
of a few more seats than previouslv and much better 
arrangements. New altar hangings, candlesticks, vases, 
and a whole new communion service have been given us 
by unnamed friends through the efforts of the Altar Com- 
mittee. 



The excellent work done by the alumnae in organizing 
Sweet Briar alumnae representatives and the far-reaching 
proposals to form Permanent Resources Committees locally 
constitute fine support of the college and are highly appre- 
ciated. The Alumnae Fund has reached the highest sum 
yet given when no special large gift was included, and such 
support at this time especially gives conhdence to the 
Board and to the President of Sweet Briar. 

The students and faculty have given to Sweet Briar's 
endowment this year $3,110, and to the Auditorium Fund 
$600, in addition to any pledges previously made. They 
have also given to the World Student Service Fund SS62, 
to Britain S661, to the Free French $162, to the Red Cross 
$900, and have bought Defense Stamps and Bonds. The 
usual gifts to projects in Amherst County have not been 
allowed to lapse; services to our less fortunate neighbors 
$255; school clinics, lunches and hospitalization $195; the 
Boys' Home at Covington $100; and $50 each to the 
Leonard Wood Memorial Foundation for research in lep- 
rosy, to the Women's Medical College in Vellore, India, to 
United China Relief, and to the American Farm School at 
Thessalonica, Greece. 

The calls are even more on college students than on 
citizens generally, if that is passible. All agencies seeking 
to raise money realize that from five hundred to a thousand 
persons can be affected by one letter to a college and they 
do not neglect this opportunity. 

Sweet Briar may have to face difficulties and hardships 
incident to the war and the state of the world. She looks 
at the great institutions older than she is and sees how they 
have borne their share in all crises, as they should, and 
grown stronger from bear,ing it. She is proud to struggle 
with ditficulties to continue to give to national and inter- 
national needs as she can, to continue to train women who 
know the value of training and who know their obligations 
to society — women who must conserve the precious things 
of our culture and in addition help to change and establish 
for the new day. Sweet Briar will survive if she serves and 
if her daughters recosnize her service. 




Honor Awards at Commencement, |une 9, 1942 



GENERAL HONORS 

Sutinim Cum Lalulc 

Margaret Anne Becker {Indianapolis, Indi.ina) 

Magna Cum La nth- 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett (Richmond, Virginia) 

Elizabeth Russell Chamberlain 

(New Britain, Connecticut) 

Catherine Offley Coleman 

(Fort Madison, Iowa) 

Genevieve Mundy Lyttle (Monroe, Virginia) 

Mary Morsell Peyton (Annapolis, Maryland) 

Margaret Kent Preston (Havana, Cuba) 

Barbara Ann Ripley (Chicago, Illinois) 

Cufii Lanilf 

Sudie Graham Clark 

(Greensboro, North Carolina) 



Kathcrine Ruth Coggins 

(San Francisco, California) 

Eloise Walker English (Washington. D. C.) 

Julia Groves (Savannah, Georgia) 

Jean Alice Hedley (Yonkers, New York) 

Dorothea Hutchings (Louisville, Kentucky) 

Honors Plait of Study 

Margaret Anne Becker 

With Highest Honors in History 

Eloise Walker English 

With High Honors in English 

Florence Elder Bagley 

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) 

^'ith Honors in English 



Edith Brainerd (Washington. D. C.) 

With Honors in French 

Elizabeth Russell Chamberlain 

With Honors in French 

Honor Scholarships 

The winners of the scholarships awarded 

annually to the highest ranking members of 

the Junior, Sophomore and Freshman classes 

are: 

For the Junior Class — Anne Schilling Mc- 
Junkin (Charleston, West Virginia) 

For the Sophomore Class — Margaret Eleanor 
Gordon (Savannah, Georgia) 

For the Freshman Class — Sadie Gwin Allen 
(Bellaire, Texas) 



Jinir, 1942 



The Liberal Arts College and the Crisis 



By Dean Mary Ely Lyman 



THE war invites self-scrutiny in all institutions of a 
democratic society, but perhaps no institution is more 
radically challenged by the militarization of society than 
the liberal arts college. The very purpose for which the 
liberal arts colleges have been founded is called in question 
by the organization of a country for war. These colleges 
were founded with the express purpose of providing for 
the development of individual personalities; and war in 
the modern sense calls for the subordination of the indi- 
vidual for the common struggle. In proportion as the 
military aim of a country becomes more central, in just 
that proportion is nation or race exalted, and the indi- 
vidual set at naught. At first look it may seem that the 
women's colleges stand apart from this process because as 
vet women have not been conscripted, but actually it is 
not so. Because the liberal arts college by its very nature 
cannot undertake to train women in any particular pro- 
fession, cannot defend itself on the ground that it is mak- 
ing its students more immediately useful to the country, 
cannot, if it is true to its liberal purpose, subordinate the 
good of the individual completely to any class, racial, or 
national group, the women's college must, together with 
the men's, search its heart to see if its existence can be 
justified in such a time as this. 

The first consideration that rises to our thought as we 
reflect upon this question is that democracy and the liberal 
tradition need special safeguarding at such a time, and 
that the liberal arts colleges, because of this purpose just 
stated to develop individual personalities, are peculiarly 
fitted for this task. These colleges may serve in this time 
of crisis as a kind of blood bank for democracy. Here in 
these institutions of liberal learning the plasma may be 
stored for the arteries of the democratic organism against 
the time when its blood stream has been depleted and its 
very life threatened by the drawing off of its vital ener- 
gies. By their nature, then, the liberal arts colleges are ipso 
facto a safeguard to democracy and an insurance against 
its future extinction. 

And further there are some special functions that the 
women's, colleges may perform in this time of crisis. First 
because these colleges are and always have been inherently 
related to democracy, being themselves the fruit of demo- 
cratic principles, they are peculiarly fitted to be the guard- 
ians of the democratic tradition. There is in American 
education the most nearly complete equality between men 
and women of any place in the world. Europeans have 
always found it hard to understand how a woman's college 
could exist apart from a university, could give its own 
degrees and have its own independent charter, and its own 
staff of women teachers and administrators. Even if the 
equality is not complete, (and I suppose we must accept 
the fact that it is not and cannot be, until women are 
given opportunity to teach in men's colleges as freely as 
men are given it to teach in women's,) still it is true that 
in America women have been given a freer hand to carry 
out their own educational ideal, than in any other country 
in the world. 

The liberal arts colleges have been, moreover, a labora- 



tory for the working out of democratic principles and 
ideals; except the New England town-meeting there is 
hardly anywhere a more complete working out of demo- 
cratic community government than the faculty meeting 
of the liberal arts college. Major decisions on policies vital 
to the Institution's welfare are thus made and periodic 
scrutiny given to the effectiveness of such policies In their 
daily out-working. If faculty members sometimes groan 
over the length and frequency of the faculty meetings, 
still they do not want to forsake that democratic way of 
governing the colleges for the swifter processes of autoc- 
racy. Faculty committees take valuable time from teach- 
ers' schedules and from research and often seem a heavy 
burden, but they are worth what they cost in time and 
energy because they provide the means for a true process 
of self-government and make democracy a living experi- 
ence in the college. In men's and women's colleges alike 
this democratic process is at home; but during the war 
emergency the heavier responsibility for its welfare lies 
upon women, because their ways of life are freer from 
interruption and change. 

Again the women's colleges act as a laboratory for 
democratic ways of life through the reality of their student 
government. Here In a women's group we can say it: 
we really have advanced farther than the men In the giving 
of real responsibility over to the students. There is in the 
women's colleges a splendid cooperation between students 
and faculty in mutual concern for the welfare of all. It is 
something for women to take special pride in, that they 
have made a signal success of the democratic administra- 
tion of community life. 

And in this joint responsibility of older and younger 
together in community living we have a kind of working 
laboratory for the study and experimentation necessary if 
democracy is to be real In the broader communities of state, 
nation and world-community. How important this experi- 
mentation is is brought out in the report of the Commis- 
sion of the National Education Association which was 
appointed to study the relationship between American 
democracy and the American School. After making a 
number of separate studies, the Commission has recently 
gathered the findings of them all Into a synthesis which 
they have called the Ediicatioti of Free Men in American 
Democracy. Let me quote from their report: 

"The discipline of free men cannot be achieved by sub- 
jecting students for a period of years to the regimen of the 
slave. Neither can it be achieved by allowing the young to 
follow their own impulses and take over the process of 
education. It can only be achieved by living for years 

according to the ways of democracy It requires a 

school environment and a school life deliberately organized 
to provide for the influence of teachers who in their activi- 
ties in both school and community practice the discipline 
of free men." 

Such a laboratory for the processes of democracy is set 
up and operating in the liberal arts colleges, and the 
women's colleges not only have achieved outstanding 
success in its administration, but have a chance to keep 



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that l.iboratorv in action without serious interruption 
while the war goes on. 

The liberal arts colleges, then, have an important func- 
tion in this time of crisis as the guardians of the demo- 
cratic tradition and as working laboratories for the pro- 
cesses of democracy. But let us go further. There are 
some special needs of the world at this critical time which 
educated women have a special opportunity to serve, either 
because of their detachment from the actual business of 
combat or because of their own peculiar adaptation for 
them. The first of these services is the building of morale. 
Rhoda McCuUoch has a fine article in The Woman's Press 
for January 1942, under the title "Morale is a Woman's 
Business" — a striking title it is. She took the caption from 
a cheap use of it in an advertisement for nail enamel and 
gave it a large meaning. She shows how women, because 
of their concern for the next generation and their practice 
in caring for a family, are better able than men to see the 
meaning of this tragic conflict in terms of the whole 
human family. Morale in this sense is something far bigger 
and deeper than "taking it on the chin." It includes, to 
be sure, the qualities of steadiness in danger, cheerfulness 
in deprivation, a sense of humor maintained when one's 
world goes rocking. But these qualities which characterize 
the Wookey and his family, good as they are, are not 
enough. Morale in the wider sense calls for the far-sighted 
vision which sees the present and the immediate in all its 
meaning for the future and the universal. Women, who 
carry human needs on their hearts because of their concern 
for their own children, have the potential for active sym- 
pathy with the whole human family. They should realize 
that no family is safe, no home protected until every 
family and home is secure. If hunger, disease, and destruc- 
tion stalk the earth anywhere, it must be woman's deep 
concern. She should live in the future as well as in the 
present not only preserving calm and good cheer in the 
conflict but laying the foundations in thought and plan- 
ning for a better world. The resettling of exiled families 
in homes, the feeding of hungry millions, the reconstruc- 
tion of devastated regions, the opening of trade outlets, 
the transportation of raw materials, the securing and main- 
taining of employment, the reconstruction of schools and 
other educational facilities, the raising of the standards of 
living the world over, calling forth out of failure the in- 
struments of a just and co-operative government of the 
whole human family — these are some of the problems that 
will have to be solved. It is not too soon to be studying 
them and working for their solution. Courage for the 
hour is highly important and we need to educate women 
for their role as builders of morale in this sense; but beyond 
and above the immediate hour lies the imperative need of 
maintaining spiritual ideals to overarch the dark hour, 
and to furnish the basis for brotherhood and community 
after the war. 

Another area of life in which women's leadership is 
peculiarly suitable and to which women's colleges may 
well give special attention is the field of healing and health. 
Healing is peculiarly a woman's business. There is a great 
tradition for us to follow here. From Florence Nightingale 
to the eight American women doctors who have recently 
been made members of the Royal Medical Corps in Great 
Britain after a year of volunteer service with the British 



arm)', the story of women's imagination and heroism in 
finding a way to serve through healing is a stirring one. 
Many of us have been reading Margaret Leech's "Reveille 
in Washington," a chronicle of life in Washington from 
1860-65, and have been struck by the picture she draws 
of the misery among sick and wounded in an era when 
scientific hospital care as we know it today had not been 
thought of. While organizations with authority to care 
for the sick confined themselves to working in the hos- 
pitals in the towns to which the wounded were brought 
on freight cars, or on shelves in jarring ambulances, it 
occurred to a solitary little maiden lady. Miss Clara Barton, 
to minister to the wounded at the very front of battle and 
single-handed she forced her way through official red-tape 
and military restrictions to do it. Morbidly sensitive and 
shy by nature, she overcame all such inhibitions and con- 
fidently stepped forward to fulfill her mission of healing. 
In the hospitals, on the wharves to which the hospital ships 
drew up in Washington, out on the very battle front it- 
self, she went on her mission of help. She advertised in her 
home New England newspapers her need of supplies, and 
she collected food from neighbors and friends, and she 
went out in her jolting army wagon to nurse and feed 
personally armies of wounded soldiers. Amid the thunder- 
ing of artillery she continued unafraid for hardship and 
danger had been overcome by her ideal of service to needy 
men. 

Today it is a far less spectacular service to which we 
women are called. It is in the area of prevention of ill- 
ness and that of the building up of good health conditions 
among the people that our help is needed. The country 
has been aroused to this need because it was shocked by 
the low physical record of many of the drafted men. The 
United States Commissioner of Education, Dr. John W. 
Studebaker, addressing the national conference of the 
Progressive Education Association on February 12th, sum- 
moned the schools to a new sense of responsibility for 
building strong healthy bodies for their students. He pled 
with the teachers to arouse their communities to a sense 
of this need. Students should be examined frequently, he 
said, and a follow-up system should be instituted to remedy 
the physical defects found in the students. The colleges 
have set the pace in this resoect for the rest of the school 
system, but now we realize that it is not enough to perfect 
the system. Somehow our students must be aroused to a 
new sense of personal responsibility for their own physical 
condition. This is of course true for men and women alike, 
but the point at which the women's colleges have a pecu- 
liar responsibility and challenge at th's time is in training 
the future home-makers to understand that the health of 
our future citizens is far more a matter of intelligent con- 
trol than ever before. Scientific research on diet has 
brought its findings to every door, and now it is a matter 
of appropriating those results and using them intelligently 
for the family group. 

The women's colleges are already alive to the challenge 
of the times so far as the providing of courses in first aid, 
home nursing, and nutrition. These efforts are excellent; 
and more and more women students should learn these 
skills so as to take their share in responsibility for family 
and public health. But there is another side to the respon- 
sibility of the women's colleges, not so easy to accomplish. 



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I mean this awakening of women to a new morality about 
their own health. It is popular in collegiate circles to dis- 
regard the laws of health, to eat erratically and at exami- 
nation time particularly to dramatize one's extremity by 
studying late into the night, and by giving up exercise 
for the duration. Somehow that point of view must yield 
to a realization that a tired body means less efficient think- 
ing, that indigestion is a poor basis for morale, and that 
overwrought nerves can and often do actually undermine 
personality. College women today should move away from 
any such immature attitude toward the regulation of their 
ph\sical life, and should assume a new responsibility for 
themselves, as the potential leaders of homes, as the ser- 
vants of democracy. 

Many years ago William James wrote an essay on "The 
Energies of Men" which might well become a text for the 
college programs of health education. In this essay he set 
forth the thesis that as a rule people habitually use only a 
small part of the powers which they actually possess. 
"Most of us feel," he says, "that most of the time a sort 
of cloud weighs upon us, keeping us below our highest 
notch of clearness in discernment, sureness in reasoning or 
firmness in deciding. Compared with what we ought to 
be we are only half awake. Our fires are damped. Our 
drafts are checked." Then he studies what it is that ener- 
gises, what stimuli induce us to make the extra effort of 
will to push the barrier away and live on the higher levels 
of power. It is some unusual idea of necessity that brings 
the effort of will. "Excitement, ideas, efforts," he says, 
"are what carry us over the dam." The duties of a new 
office of trust are constantly producing this effect upon 
human beings who are appointed to them. 

We women have come by the great emergency of our 
time into such a new office of trust and it is for the col- 
leges that are training the leaders of the immediate future 
to bring the realizing sense of the meaning of that trust, 
the exciting ideas that will furnish the momentum for the 
fresh energizing of life. Probably there is no area of train- 
ing that seems more prosaic, less exciting than that which 
creates these health conditions that are the foundation for 
such energy. To eat one's vitamins, to forego the sweets, 
to go to bed early, and get our eight hours per night, to 
exercise sufficiently and be out of doors — it all seems so 
prosaic, so undramatlc and so unrelated to heroism. I know 
no way to give it its significance except to relate it to the 
great cause of democracy. And that is where the challenge 
of the time has its energising effect. It is burdensome in 
the vouthful mind to obe)' these laws, if thev are left on 
the level of mere self-development. But when they are 
seen as the sine qua non of leadership in a great cause, then 
they have a new meaning. It is all in the way you look 
at it. I heard not long ago a story of a little girl carrying 
her babv brother along the road. She seemed too small for 
such a heavy load, and a passer-by remarked to her, "My 
dear, what a heavy burden you have!" She replied quickly 
and indignantly, "It isn't a burden; it's my brother." 
Only with such a view of the meaning of our relationship 
to need, can we women come to a fulfilment of this our 
responsibility in the field of health. 

A third challenge to the women's colleges that is pre- 
sented by the present crisis lies in the field of training for 
the reconstruction period that will follow the close of the 



conflict. Whether there is light or darkness then, whether 
there is enduring peace or endless conflict is dependent on 
whether or not there are leaders with far-seeing vision, 
with enlightened statesmanship, with deep spiritual pur- 
pose. Beyond the Immediate need of skills lies this greater 
need of leadership In thought and planning for an ordered 
rational world. To be sure we must think of every citizen 
of this and the other democracies as needed in this great 
task — men and women together, shoulder to shoulder in 
the great tasks of rebuilding the world after the time of 
slaughter and destruction. But there must be leadership 
and vision to guide this effort and there Is a special incen- 
tive to women to prepare for this momentous task, because 
during the war they are more shielded from the dangers 
and strains of conflict itself and are thus provided with 
the conditions of living in which planfulness, purpose and 
vision have a chance to act. Does it seem preposterous that 
girls in college today, studying Latin, mathematics, lan- 
guages, science and literature are being prepared for such 
a task as this? 

It would be preposterous of course to assume that a 
college education would ipso facto produce leadership of 
such calibre as this great task will demand. But it is not 
preposterous to say that some of the essentials for such 
leadership are nourished by a liberal education, and that 
we are most likely to find our future leaders from those 
who have been so trained. 

One reason for this assumption is that the colleges are 
training people to discover the facts and to use them 
intelligently. Reverence for fact is a hard thing to learn 
at any time. But it is hardest in war-time because emer- 
gency tends to highlight emotion and discount fact. Our 
future leaders must know how to find the facts and how 
to use them with intelligence and discriminating judg- 
ment. Listen to the scientific genius, Thomas Huxley, 
who at a time of great spiritual stress, when all his con- 
victions were shaken by the death of his little son, wrote 
to Charles Kingsley: "Sit down before fact as a little 
child; be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, 
follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature 
leads or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to 
learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at 
all risks to do this." We must train the future leaders to 
a like attitude toward the facts. 

Second the colleges are training their students In the 
disciplines toward which the facts lead. To lay hold on 
the truth is to go beyond the facts, and to accept the 
disciplines that the truth lays upon us is a further step 
still, a step needed if the ordered society is to emerge out 
of the present chaos. Obedience must be learned to the 
laws of the physical world, to the laws of the intellectual 
world and to the laws of the moral and spiritual world. 
The long look at life that history gives is needed to pro- 
duce such obedience. The long story of how human beings 
have lived and worked together, as revealed in the study of 
the social sciences, steadies us and gives patience for the 
tasks ahead. The human struggles for justice and freedom 
that the past has seen are incentive to us to struggle for 
like values in our world. To possess with understanding 
and appreciation the inherited culture of the race, to be at 
home in our goodly human heritage of artistic and literary 
achievement is to give us a sense that there is something 



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News 



worthy to preserve, something which stands above and 
bevond the chaos of our time, ultimate in value, rooted in 
our past, but belonging to our future, belonging so abso- 
lutely that we must build a future worthy to contain it. 

College gives an opportunity for our students to enter 
with increasing penetration into those values of the spirit 
so that purposes are formed and deepened to protect our 
heritage and make it potent in the rebuilding of the world. 
It is an overwhelming task that awaits the present student 
generation in its mature life. To fashion the world into a 
brotherhood after such denial of brotherhood and humanity 
as we are seeing today is a colossal task. Beyond all tech- 
nical skills it will need mature purpose, kindled imagina- 
tions and dedicated spirits. College must train students 
not only in those technical skills but in the imponderables 
of purpose and spirit that will fit them for a destiny more 
difficult and more meaningful than that which has ever 
faced any previous generation of men. 

Sometime ago Robert Nathan spoke to a group of stu- 
dents, telling them how he came to write his novel, "Road 
of Ages." If life is cruel to any group in our modern 
world it is cruel and unreasoning to the members of his 
race. It is so irrational for them that he said he was com- 
pelled to write for himself a creed for a young Jew. "My 
ancestors," he says, "died for their faith, and I must state 
my faith in the dignity and destiny of humanity if I am 
to face the position of the Jew in contemporary life. 
Neither death nor exile are, or ever have been, defeat. 
I must state my faith that right will eventually come 
into its own." And so he wrote "Road of Exile" as an 
expression of this creed. He wanted to help Jews to under- 
stand themselves and their exile and persecution. He 
wanted to show others how Jews were not strange or 
different from other human beings, but made of the same 
human stuff. And he wanted to help all his readers to have 
faith in the future and in the possibility of brotherhood 
among all races and peoples. 

It is for the formation of such spiritual purposes as this 
that the college years have their justification. Things to 
live for and things to die for are not discovered in a 
moment. They grow out of the contemplation of the long 



struggle of the human race for the values that our democ- 
racy safeguards today. Since a sense of values is likely to 
be one of the first casualties of any war, we need such 
reservoirs of spiritual values as the colleges may be and 
such opportunities for their understanding and apprecia- 
tion as the college years may be. Here is the ultimate 
justification for the liberal arts college and for its aim to 
develop individual personalities. 

In conclusion may I share a statement from a present 
day college student of her own awareness of this need. 
And to my mind she sums up in this brief word the deepest 
meaning of the liberal education at such a time as this. 
She writes as follows: 

"At first I wanted to leave college for Washington and 
offer myself immediately to the Government for any help 
that I could give. Fortunately I have passed out of that 
stage. I now see the importance of our job and our respon- 
sibilities as students to keep alive the eternities of knowl- 
edge and to prepare ourselves to make a bigger contribu- 
tion than we could make if we left college now." 

Then she goes on to tell of a moment of illumination in 
which that conviction came to her. After a time of brood- 
ing and of discouragement at what seemed the hopelessness 
of the times, after feeling an overwhelming sense of im- 
potence because of the grimness of the surrounding trag- 
edy, she experienced a feeling that the only hope was to 
plunge in now at once, anywhere, just to be at work. 
Then hearing a concert of Christmas music, something 
deeper and more permanent came, and she writes: 

"Strangely the many hopes that had died within me in 
the war-clouded days began to stir and come to life again. 
I began to believe that good could come out of evil, that 
all the grim chaos into which we had been plunged would 
be resolved if all of us work together to bring the good to 
pass. The music had lifted me to a point where I knew I 
was strong enough to wait until I was ready and prepared 
to work. I knew that in spite of blood, sweat, and tears, 
in spite of cruelty and inhumanity and steel force, God is 
in his heaven, and if we all work intelligently with Him, 
all may be well with the world." 



American Red Cross Workers— Women 

Women are needed in increasing numbers by the American Red Cross to serve as recreation workers in 
Military and Naval Hospitals in this country and outside the continental limits of the United States. 

Requirements for appointments include: Age: from 2 5 to 5 0. Education: Graduation from a college or 
university with major in sociology, psychology, physical education, music, dramatics or crafts; or two years 
of academic training and three years of work in recreation or allied fields. Experience: At least one year of 
work in leisure-time activities in a public or private agency, half of which has been spent in the actual con- 
duct of activities; some experience in community organization and supervision of other workers; skill in at 
least two of the following: dramatics, music, card and table games, social recreation, arts and crafts, club 
leadership. 

For fuller information write to The American National Red Cross, Washington, D. C. 



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The Manson Memorial Scholar 



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-ARY PAGE RUTH of the class of 1943 \v.is awarded the Manson 
Memorial Scholarship at the Commencement Exercises on June 
nmth. Pai;e has been an outstanding member of her class and the college 
community since her freshman year when she entered as a winner of one 
of the competitive scholarships. Throughout her three years she has been 
an active member of Paint and Patches, serving as treasurer of the 
organization this year. As a member of the Orientation committee, 
which assists new students in becoming adjusted to and acquainted with 
the college. Page has won a place in the hearts of underclassmen, too. 
She has been active in sports and a member of several class teams. This 
spring she was elected to serve next year as one of the two senior house 
presidents and was one of four juniors chosen for membership in Tau Phi. 
The Manson Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year by the Alum- 
nae Association to an upperclass student on the basis of scholarship and 
"all-round qualities representative of the best traditions of the college." 
Alumnae will recall with interest the names of Manson Memorial 
scholars since the award was first made in 192S. To this company we 
are pleased to add the name of Page Ruth. 

Mary E. Lotighcry Arthur, '25-'26; Josephine Suoiidcn Durham, '26- 

'27; Ann Beth Price Clark, '27-'28; Esther Tyler Campbell, '28-'29; 

Martha Lee Poston, first semester, '29-'3 0; Mildred Stone Green, second 

semester, '29-'30; Dorothy Boyle Charles, '30-'31; Hazel Stamps Collins, 

'31-'32; Abigail Shepherd Be^n, '32-'33; Bonnie Wood Stookey, '33-'34; 

Eleanor Alcott Bromley, '33-'34; Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle, '34-'35; Betty Cocke ^"infree, '35-'36; Ellen Lee 

Siwdgrass Park, '36-'37; Frances Faulkner, '37-'38; Ann Nivison Parks, '38-'39; Betty Lee Kopper, '39-'40; Helen Anne 

Littleton Hauslein, '40-'41; Elizabeth Hanger, '41-'42; Mary Page Ruth, '42-'43. 



The Algernon Sydney Sulliyan Award 

BETSY CHAMBERLAIN of New Britain, Connecticut, was the 
recepient of the Sullivan award given at Sweet Briar's Commence- 
ment on June ninth. Her contemporaries say, "Betsy likes — wants — 
is — a great deal. She likes puppies, a sincere responsive person, to relax 
in salty old dungarees and — wants to go to South America, a farm on an 
island near the sea — is pert, calm, self-contained, subtle, slow, but how 
sure." A recent alumnae column in the Svseet Bri.^r Nevis points out 
that Betsy has followed closely the pattern of college life laid down by 
her mother, Constance Russell, '16, who was called "the pride and joy 
of the English department" and when she was graduated, it was "Sweet 
Briar's greatest regret that Connie's brains cannot be willed to someone 
on her departure from this pleasant abode." The fears of that Briar 
Patch staff of twenty-six years ago were unjustified. Betsy has been 
the pride and joy of the French department. A winner of one of the 
competitive scholarships offered to Freshmen, she has contmued that 
record by holding a place on the Dean's list throughout her four years. 
Her journalistic talents have found expression on the News of which 
she was Book Editor for two years and in the Alumnae News as student 
editor of "On Campus." She has been an active member of the Inter- 
national Relations Club, Glee Club, Alliance Francaise, Q. V., Tau Phi 
and a group leader in the college campaign last year. 

Active in sports, she won her Sweet Briar seal in her Junior year, was 
a member of class LaCrosse teams and an ardent cabin leader for week- 
ends at the outing cabin on Paul's Mountain. 

President Glass presented the Sullivan award to Betsy with the fol- 
lowing citation: 

"Elizabeth Russell Chamberlain — Because the people among 
whom you live recognize in you a sensitive perception of spiritual values which flower unconsciously in what you do 
and what you say so as to prompt like perception in others, we confer upon you the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 
to mark this quality for the stimulation of us all." 




12 



Aliiiiiinic /Vi'jt's 



New Officers and Alumnae Council, 1 942-1 944 




Mitrtbii ton Bncu'ii 

Announcement was made at the June meeting of the 
Alumnae Association of the election of new officers and 
members of the Council who will serve for the next two 
years. 

President, Martha von Briesen, '31, Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin. 

First Vice-President, Virginia Eady, '3 8, Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

Second Vice-President, Laura Graves, '42, Lynchburg, 
Virginia. 



Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. Harry B. Taylor (Alma Booth, '11), University, 
Virginia. 

Mrs. Clarence B. Rogers (Mary Clark, ex '13), Atlanta, 
Georgia. 

Mrs. Earl Ridler (Mary Bissell, '17), Wilmington, 
Delaware. 

Mrs. K. N. Gardner (Cornelia Carroll, '18), Norfolk, 
Virginia. 

Mrs. William Hill Steeble (Louisa Newkirk, '23), 
Bryn Llonydd, Penllyn, Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. John Twohy, II (Grace Merrick, '24), Norfolk, 
Virginia. 

Elsetta Gilchrist, '27, Cleveland, Ohio. 

Mrs. Kelsey Regen (Jocelyn Watson, '28), Durham, 
North Carolina. 

Mrs. Edmund W. Harrison (Mary Huntington, '30), 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Mary Moore Pancake, '32, Staunton, Virginia. 

Mrs. Ernest M. Wood, Jr. (Elizabeth Bond, '34), Lynch- 
burg, Virginia. 

Connie J. Burwell, '34, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Mrs. Francis E. Carter, Jr. (Cary Burwell, '35), Balti- 
more, Maryland. 

Mrs. Franklin P. Parker (Katherine Niles, '36), Wel- 
lesley Hills, Massachusetts. 

Mrs. E. Griffith Dodson, Jr. (Molly Talcott, '38), 
Roanoke, Virginia. 

Mary Mackintosh, '39, Bronxville, New York. 
Tellers: 

Jeanette Boone, '27, 
Jean M. Sprague, '34. 



Silence 

Silence — not a leaf trembled, 
Not a cloud floated by; 
The lake was clear and still. 
And the wood a magic cave. 
A rustle and a step, 
A swift movement in the wood. 
And to the lake's edge 
Stepped a hunter — gun poised. 



Above, a streak of white, 
A yellow bill and shining eyes, 
A thing of beauty and of life — 
Poised for a moment in the air. 
A deafening crash, a gun lowered; 
The sound of splashing water; 
And then once more — silence. 



Prayer 

Fog hung over the mountains 

In dull, misty patches 

And through it beat the wind. 

Swift and sharp and free. 

A spray of rain pricked my face, 

And the cold air pressed against me. 

The world moved by while I stood still 

In the grayness of the torn universe. 

And felt my heart pound with new desire — 

To strive for that which was beyond my reach 

And be as pure and free and true 

As the clean strength of that day. 



These poetiis by Franca Baldwin, '41, appear in the 
Badge of Honor Collection published by the Poetry House 
in June and in the Annual Anthology of Verse, published 
by the Poetry Digest. 



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Annual Business Meeting, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 



THE annual meeting of the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association was held in Fletcher auditorium on Mon- 
day, June eighth. The meeting was called to order by the 
alumnae secretary, Helen McMahon, in the absence of the 
vice-president, Gertrude Prior, who was serving on the 
committee for the Red Cross Conference to take place at 
Sweet Briar immediately after Commencement. 

The minutes of the 1941 meeting, as printed in the 
Alumnae Ne>x's, were read and accepted. 

Miss McMahon read a letter from Mr. Robert H. Scan- 
nell, husband of Fanny Ellsworth Scannell, who was un- 
able to complete her term of office as president of the 
Alumnae Association due to illness. Mr. Scannell wrote, 
"As the time for Commencement approaches and the time 
for the selection of a new President of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation is at hand it is unfortunate that Fanny cannot be 
present personally to pass on the torch which she carried 
for the first year of her two-year term of office. Perhaps 
I can presume to express some of the things she would 
wish to say. 

"To Miss Glass her appreciation for what she has done 
for Sweet Briar and her admiration for her tireless work 
in the launching of an Endowment Fund Drive . . . To 
you and the members of the Alumnae Council her warm 
thanks for the splendid cooperation she received from you 
and for the fine way in which you carried on the work 
of the Alumnae Association — including her own work — 
without her. To the new President of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation the assurance that her support can be taken for 
granted as soon as her health permits. To all her Sweet 
Briar friends her regret that she was able to contribute so 
little during her term as President and her warm thanks 
for their many good wishes. These will speed her recovery 
during her period of convalescence. And a message, per- 
haps, chiefly for the graduating class. The impact of war 
will be felt more and more by the women of America. 
Sweet Briar training has helped them to appreciate the 
fine things in life worth fighting for. Sweet Briar will 
expect her graduates to take their part unflinchingly in 
helping to win the war and will count on them to point 
the way in the making of a better world." 



The results of the election for officers of the Association 
and sixteen members of the Alumnae Council were an- 
nounced. 

As the executive secretary's report is printed in the June 
issue of the Alumn.\e Ne\x's, the reading was omitted at 
this time on motion by Elizabeth Doughtie Bethea. 

The treasurer's report as of June eighth was read and 
accepted. 

The Alumnae Fund report for 1941-1942 was rend by 
Mary Marks, chairman. At this time, the defense stamp 
plan to be used next year was explained. A full explana- 
tion will be given in the October Alumnae Nevcs. The 
Alumnae Fund report was accepted. 

The Magazine Fund report was read and accepted. This 
project was handled by Virginia Noyes, a student who 
recommended that subscription announcements be sent 
much earlier next year. A resolution expressing apprecia- 
tion to Miss Noyes was proposed by Mrs. Charles R. 
Burnett. 

Elsetta Gilchrist was asked to report on the progress 
of a plan to sell a Sweet Briar rose. Miss Gilchrist had 
no recent report but agreed to send information to the 
Alumnae Secretary at an early date. She reported that a 
sample shown recently to the Cleveland alumnae club met 
with much enthusiasm and approval. 

The meeting was turned over at this time to Martha 
von Briesen, the new president of the Alumnae Association. 
In accepting the gavel of office, Martha said that she would 
endeavor to follow the splendid example set by Fanny 
Ellsworth Scannell during her term of office. "Our first 
objective of course is to expedite the war effort, but we 
must not forget Sweet Briar. We must continue to con- 
tribute as generously as possible to the Alumnae Fund, and 
we must continue to interest desirable students in Sweet 
Briar. It is my hope too that many of you will become 
qualified Alumnae Representatives on Admission. I am 
sure that I have a very fine Alumnae Council who will 
work with me, but we will need the help of all of you 
here today and of all Sweet Briar Alumnae." 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Jean M. Sprague, Acting Secretary. 



Gifts to Sweet Briar, 1 941-1942 



^Broodhr^ Earth — a painting by Charles Burchfield, 
given by friends of Miss Virginia McLaws in her honor. 

Light House — a painting by Herbert Gute, given by 
a friend of Judge Francis H. Dunne, in his honor. 

New linen and altar hangings, candlesticks, vases, and 
a new communion service, given by friends of Sweet Briar 
through the interest and efforts of the Altar Committee. 

$600 from the Patch Box to the Auditorium Fund. 
$25 from the English Club for Endowment. 



SI 00 from a friend for the Dora Fagan Fund. 

$300 from Mr. Jesse H. Jones for the Carter Glass Fund. 

$1,200 not expended upon May Day from the student 
body for Endowment. 

$1,200 raised by the Funds Committee of the student 
body for Endowment. 

$584.83 from the Class of 1942 for Endowment. 

$6,095.15 from Sweet Briar alumnae for Endowment. 

$31,696.05 — Payment of pledges for the Auditorium 
and Endowment Funds, made in last year's campaign. 



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Ahiiiinac Neil's 



What About Art — Novv^ 



Is there any part art might take in the general effort 
that America is now making and has art any impor- 
tance now that we are actively involved in this great 
world war? 

These questions arc normal ones for those in our country 
who associate art only with the pleasure it gives and who 
feel that this is no time for non-essentials. However, art 
is more than superficial pleasure. Art has endured for ages 
and it is an enlightening influence in the advancement of 
civilization. It has a spiritual essence, in its highest form, 
and it is needed more keenly now than ever in order to 
provide true relaxation and thus keep the balance in these 
tense times. 

Until fairly recently, most people have thought of art 
merely as a refined pastime for a few, and it never occurred 
to them that it could touch their lives at all. Fortunately 
this is no longer generally true. Here in America during 
the past ten years, there has been a steady swing toward 
bringing art to the people — where it really belongs. This 
movement has been fostered principally by the government 
which became in 193 5 patron of the arts through its work 
relief program. Through the Federal Art Project, talents 
and skills were preserved, developed, and presented as 
widespread opportunities for thousands of Americans to 
enjoy visually or through participation. A special effort 
was made to integrate the fine arts with the practical, and 
the arts in genera! with the daily life of the communities. 
Further evidence of the government's consciousness of the 
true relation of art to living and the part played by art 
in shaping the culture of a people, is shown in the com- 
petitions that have been held by the Section of Fine Arts 
of the United States Treasury — competitions for murals 
and sculpture for government buildings, post offices, court- 
houses — and in the President's sponsorship of the National 
Art Weeks of 1940 and 1941. 

Mention should also be made here of the interest that 



has been stimulated b)- the International Business Machines 
Corporation through that company's excellent project of 
acquiring and exhibiting collections of paintings, prints 
and sculpture by living artists, and in the work that has 
been done toward bringing business men and artists into 
closer relationship. 

As a result of the widespread stimulation through the 
persistent exposure to and contact with art during these 
last few years, the attitude of the public has gradualh' 
changed. For this very reason, art is now in a position to 
be of real service to America ... by being able to appeal 
to and help many persons whose lives are now, or will be, 
in a state of tautness, and who desperately need the relaxa- 
tion that art and the arts can bring to them. 

There are other more concrete services that art and 
artists can perform for our country in the present emer- 
gency. Camouflage immediately comes to mind. Some 
of the more obvious jobs where the special abilities and 
training of artists can be useful at this time are: those 
dealing with public information and morale, such as the 
painting of posters, visual records, art for camps and 
quarters, exhibitions; the use of art in therapeutic 
care of the wounded. As in the last war, there has 
been feverish training of thousands of men and women to 
fill the jobs created by the vast war production program. 
Art training would be of great value in many of these 
jobs — drafting, lettering, mechanical drawing, map mak- 
ing, signs, the preparation of visual aids for military in- 
struction, the designing of uniforms, machines and equip- 
ment. 

Whether the artist can contribute his time or whether 
he must have a livelihood, there are many duties and jobs 
essential to the war effort open and ready for him. Sacri- 
fices may have to be made, but we realize this and feel 
privileged as Americans to make them when and where 
needed. Caroline Compton, '27. 




Joe 



FlELDHAND 

AT Rest 



Two of the paintings which formed a part of the commencement exhibit generously loaned b\ Caroline Compton to the college for display 
early in June. Seventeen oils and water colors many of them interpreting Caroline's native deep south which she has made her field of par- 
ticular interest, formed the exhibit sent to Sweet Briar. 




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IS 



Annual Report of the Alumnae Secretary, 1941-1942 



The alumnae office this year has had several important >;oaIs, one 
of the most important being the effort to assemble for permanent use 
the records ot the alumnae office, the Alumnae Association and alumnae 
clubs. Plans arc under way for a vocational file and a record of alumnae 
gifts to the college. 

Wc have made a strenuous effort to improve alumnae-student rela- 
tions. This year in addition to contacts mentioned elsewhere in this 
report the alumnae secretary had a conference with each of the sixty- 
four students who carried college news to Sweet Briar Day celebrations, 
giving them a suggested list of topics and events to talk about. 
Alumnae were urged to make the students welcome, to make tlieni feel 
an important part of Sweet Briar Day. 

Innovations of particular interest this year include having the chair- 
man of the Alumnae Fund at Sweet Briar, a changed Alumnae Niivts 
with an article in each issue by Miss Glass, an alumnae club handbook. 
election of an enlarged alumnae council, beginning of regular news 
letters to alumnae clubs scheduled to go at times when no other pub- 
lication is sent from the college, carefully planned re-organization of 
the Alumnae Fund, the cleaning and adequate storage of caps and 
gowns and the re-cataloguing and improved storage for the copper cuts. 

Alumnae Council — In order to give a picture of alumnae council 
activities, a few of the more important considerations are mentioned. 
The alumnae council this year had a two-day meeting at Sweet Briar 
during Founders' Day week. In the absence of Mrs. Scannell, the 
president, the vice-president, Gertrude Prior, presided. Eugenia Griffin 
Burnett, Edna Lee Cox, Eugenia Goodall Ivcy, Mary Huntington 
Harrison, Polly Bissell Ridler, Mary Petty Johnston, Mary Marks, 
Alumnae Fund chairman, and Helen McMahon were present for all 
sessions. Martha von Briesen, Betty Prescott Balch and Isabel Webb 
Luff were unable to attend. The usual reports of office, Fund and club 
activities and plans were given by the alumnae secretary and the 
Alumnae Fund chairman. 

Nancy Worthington was asked to give a detailed report of the 
campaign results. The council was considerably disturbed that only 
21 per cent of the alumnae had contributed. This report was followed 
by a discussion of the campaign, reasons for its lack of complete suc- 
cess and what further efforts should be made. Why had the campaign 
resulted in so poor an alumnae showing? 

The mid-winter meeting of the council was not held this year. This 
is not to be a permanent omission but was due to the international 
situation. 

The circularization of the Council has taken care of a number of 
questions in the meantime. The majority voted against a suggested 
plan to urge seniors to become contributing members of the Alumnae 
Association before their graduation. Suggestions were made for the 
alumnae lecture at Commencement. At the request of Paint and Patches 
representatives, the council was asked to express an opinion on the 
question of the Final Play. A majority agreed that it would be wise 
to omit the play this year, but at the same time, expressed a hope 
that this will not be a permanent policy. Reunion class procedure and 
suggestions were approved. Monthly reports and news have been sent 
the members of the council by the Alumnae Secretary. The Alumnae 
Council has been serious, well informed and eager to be as useful as 
possible. The members have been aware of the needs of the College 
and the value of their contribution. They have been particularly 
grateful for the amount of time Miss Glass has given them in clarifying 
the needs of the college, explaining "how it runs" and how they as 
Alumnae Council members can help. 

The retiring Alumnae Council was urged to return for a meeting 
on June fifth in order to cimiplcie recommendations for t!ie incoming 
council. The vice-president. Miss Gertrude Prior, presided and those 
attending were Miss Martha von Briesen, '3 1 , Mrs. Karl S. Ridler 
(Polly Bissell '17). Mrs. E. "VX'ebster Harrison (Mary Huntington '30), 
Mrs. Charles R. Burnett {Eugenia Griffin '10). Miss Helen McMahon 
and Miss Mary Marks. Morning and afternoon sessions were held in 
the Browsing Room of the Library. On Monday morning, June eighth, 
the combined Alumnae Councils met. Added to the group of those 
who attended the first meeting, and who were elected to succeed them- 
selves for the next two years, were Mrs. Clarence Rogers (Mary Clark, 
Academy) Elsetca Gilchrist '27, Mary Moore Pancake '32, Mrs. Ernest 
M. Wood, (Jackie Bond, '34) Mrs. Franklin Parker (Kathcrine Niles, 



"3(>), and Laura Graves '42. The new Council considered recom- 
mendations presented to them and outlined a tentative program for 
1942-1943. Mrs. Lill. the registrar, was invited to meet with the 
Council to explain fully the purpose and value of the Alumnae Repre- 
sentatives on Admission. The Council voted to study the material and 
to take the examination at the time of the October meeting. 

Revision of the Alumnae Association Constitution — As a 
matter of record, the changes involved in the revision of the constitu- 
tion which are in effect this year, are tabulated. The constitution 
revision committee was composed of Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck, 
chairman, Margaret Banister, Florence Freeman Fowler, Elsetta Gil- 
christ, Bonnie Wood Stookey and Rose Hyde Falcs. 



Olil Constitution 

Officers: President, vice-presi- 
dent, secretary-treasurer, alum- 
nae fund chairman, director of 
alumnae clubs. 

Alumnae Council. 

Officers and five members at 
large and three honorary mem- 
bers. Officers and three mem- 
bers must be graduates. Eight 
voting members. 

Alumnae members of Board 
of Overseers shall be honorary 
members of the alumnae coun- 
cil, 

Second vice-president elected 
by out-going senior class in year 
of association election. 



The duty of the first vice- 
president shall be to perform 
the duties of the president in 
her absence. 



Rciisi-il ConsfUntiou 

Officers: Same with one ex- 
ception. Omitting director of 
alumnae clubs. , 



Alumnae Council: 

Officers and sixteen other 
members and three ex-officio 
members. Officers and twelve 
members must be graduates. 
Nineteen voting members. 



Changed to , 
bers of council. 



\-officio mem- 



Second vice-president elected 
by out-going senior class from 
slate of candidates from senior 
class and preceding class. 

Add: She shall also serve as 
director of alumnae clubs with 
the following duties: to coor- 
dinate the clubs more closely, 
plan Sweet Briar days, assist in 
the organization of new clubs 
when possible, and to act as a 
liaison officer between clubs and 
tiic alumnae council. 



The larger Alumnae Council seems to be another important step 
toward a better informed Alumnae Association. 

Alumnae Clubs — The alumnae club handbook in tentative form 
was sent to forty-one club presidents and to Sweet Briar Day chair- 
men if there was a group of alumnae large enough to form an active 
club. This handbook, adaptable for small or large clubs, sets forth the 
definitions and objectives of an alumnae club; organization, officers, 
standing committees, suggestions for meetings and money-making 
projects, and a model constitution. Standing committees, include a 
"permanent resources" committee, one for Alumnae Representatives 
on Admission, a Publicity Committee (to work with the Public Re- 
lations Office at the college) and a Ways and Means Committee. One 
of the most valuable features of the handbook is a calendar or schedule 
for clubs to follow. This will aid in better timing of club affairs and 
a better coordinated program than is possible now. 

The club gifts to the Alumnae Fund this year reached $1,536.56 
in spite of the recent campaign and the growing feeling that war 
relief projects and civilian defense activities must supersede everything 
else. All letters and literature from the alumnae office have stressed 
the value of continuing to serve the college as alumnae and at the 
same time making their places as citizens of their communities in civic 
and defense efforts. 

Every effort has been made by the alumnae office to convince 
alumnae clubs that support of the college means more than just 
a gift of money; that alumnae clubs should first maintain an active 
committee who inform themselves and become Alumnae Repre- 
sentatives on Admission; that they should keep in touch with 



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the college through present students; that they should have a repre- 
sentative each year who comes back to Sweet Briar for inspiration and 
renewed enthusiasm to carry back to her club; and finally, that they 
should sponsor a club project which gives an opportunity for tlic 
entire group to work together expending their efforts in a cause they 
know, believe in and understand. 

Alumnae Nf/vxs — The Alumnal Nlws entered upon a new phase 
this year (the fourth change in its history) with a new cover, size 
and format. The October and February issues have had thirty-two 
pages each and the April issue twenty-four pages, with regular features 
which are proving popular. Miss Glass' message, alumnae articles, the 
faculty and campus notes have all been commended. We have made a 
strenuous effort to get articles by alumnae in professions and business. 
The response has been slow, but we continue to follow every suggestion. 

Much work has been done this year in an effort to improve the 
quality of the class notes. Questionnaires were sent to all class secre- 
taries and the majority of them voted that class letters for the most 
part should be limited to five hundred words, that changes of address 
should not be listed in the body of the letter — in fact, not at all 
unless there is no other news; that they prefer the informal letter; that 
nicknames should not be used unless full name is given. 

Student-Alumnae Relations — Meetings were held with each of 
the three underclass groups. They were keenly interested, par- 
ticularly in the early history of the college and the aims and 
purposes of the Alumnae Association. The need for under- 
standing admission requirements, the work of the admission committee 
and the importance of getting accurate information from the proper 
authority was stressed. The alumnae secretary is made increasingly 
aware of the student need for a better understanding of the college. 
A dinner was given in May to which presidents of the Student Govern- 
ment Association, the Y.W.C.A. and the Athletic Association and 
the officers of the senior class were invited to have dinner with Mrs. 
Lyman, Mrs. LiU, Miss Mull, Miss Belcher and Miss Ramage, to hear 
about and discuss the common problems of other alumnae associations. 
The faculty guests represented Mt. Holyoke, Wellesley, Vassar. Colby, 
and Barnard. This meeting was most successful. 

The Sicret Briar News has had an alumnae column each week called 
"Do You Know Your College," written this year by Mary Marks. 
In this column an effort has been made to tell the story of Sweet 
Briar, her history, founders and traditions. The subjects cover a wide 
range of interest. 

November 1 9 — Elijah Fletcher, Planter and Statesman. 

December 3 — Indiana Fletcher Williams, Her Will. 

December 10 to December 21 — The First Board of Directors, the 
Charter, and decision as to the type of institution Sweet Briar should 
be. Ralph Adams Cram, architecture and the first buildings. 

January 18 — First thirty-six students, beginning of student govern- 
ment, athletic association, Y.W.C.A., dramatic club, choir, glee club 
and May Day. 

February 2 ^ — Selection of a college seal. 

March 4 — Freshman Rules set up by the Varsity Council in 1919. 

March A — Sweet Briar alumnae in Defense Activities, 

March 1 1 — Sweet Briar students did "their bit" in World War I — 
Liberty bonds. Students Friendship War Fund, Red Cross Auxiliary, 
etc. 

April I 1 — Sweet Briar House. 

The next five issues carried the story of an alumna's return to Sweet 
Briar, and in the final issue for next year's freshman a special greet- 
ing was given the class of 1946. 

The bulletin board in the alumnae office has been another valuable 
link with students. From seventy-five to two hundred students come 
in each week to read the clippings and notices posted there. 

The alumnae secretary enjoys an increasing number of contacts 
with students. This year she has assisted at athletic association events, 
at campus social events, has had numerous conferences with individual 
students and the number of personnel rating sheets given her has 
increased each year. 

The Alumnae News has been distributed to members of the faculty 
and staff, to seniors and other interested students. 

Virginia Noyes, class of 1944, volunteered to take care of the alum- 
nae magazine business this year and she has done a good job with both 
alumnae and students. 



Alumnae Represent Sweet Briar 

November 27 — Mary Mackintosh '.^9, Mamaroncck High School, 
Mamaroneck, New York. Ruth Davies Young '33, New Trier Town- 
sliip High School, Winnetka, Illinois. 

December 12 — Bonnie Wood Stookey *34, South Side High School, 
Rnckvillc Center, New York. 

December H — Natalie Roberts Foster '31, Fiftieth Anniversary, 
Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

January 20 — Elmyra Pennypacker Coxe '20, Stevens School. Phil- 
adelphia, Pennsylvania. 

January 23 — Georgia Herbert Hart '4U, Dreher High School, Co- 
lumbia, South Carolina. 

February 18 — Adele Letcher '3 8, and Polly Gary Dew Woodson '26, 
Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey. 

March 17 — Katherine Blount Andersen '26, College Women's Club 
tea for prospective students, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

March 17 — Martha Maupin Stewart '29, College Day Program spon- 
sored by A.A.U.W., Portsmouth. Virginia. 

March 21 — Virginia Eady '3 8, A.A.U.W. Tea for senior high school 
girls, Louisville, Kentucky. 

March 21 — Janet Martin Knall ex '40, University High School Tea 
for mothers and daughters, Chicago, Illinois. 

April 16 — Bessie Clyde Mitchell '24, College Day, Marion High 
School, Marion, Virginia. 

May 2— Polly Bisscll Ridlcr '17, Delaware A.A.U.W., Wilmington, 
Delaware. 

May 4 — Helen Williamson Dumont '3 7, Two-hundredth anniversary 
of the Moravian Seminary and College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

May 6 — Winifred West Madden '2 8, Inauguration of Herman Lee 
Donovan at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. 

May 3 — Charlotte Dunn Blair '3 9, Inauguration of President 
Thomson at Western College, Oxford, Ohio. 

College Movies — The colored movies have been shown by the 
Baltimore alumnae club, the Cincinnati club, in Huntington, ^X'est 
Virginia and Ashland, Kentucky; Augusta, Georgia and in Philadelphia. 
In each case, prospective students and their mothers were present. The 
college movies have not been used as often as had been expected. 
Alumnae are urged to take advantage of this means of adding interest 
to their club meetings as well as to show them to prospective students. 

The Alumnae Fund — The alumnae fund report for 1940-1941 
was included in the October magazine which went to all alumnae. 
Issues sent to our exchange list did not include this report. 

The experience of other colleges shows that it is unwise to attempt 
organized fund raising in the year following a capital campaign. How- 
ever, we feel that the Fund has held up remarkably well in 1 94-1-42 
in spite of the war, the number of alumnae who are still paying 
pledges made last year, and the many appealing demands. The Alumnae 
Fund gift designated this year for the Endowment Fund of the college 
announced at Commencement totaled $6,09S.H. Gifts continue to 
come in and the complete report for 1941-1942 will be made in the 
fall. 

China, Glassware, Lithographs, Etchings, Magazines: — The 
sale of the listed articles in the alumnae office this year has surpassed 
all expectations. The Boston distributor of our china has been assured 
that the Cauldon pottery in England continues to operate and that 
shipments are coming through slowly. Our present supply is almost 
exhausted. 

The sale of glassware with the etched Sweet Briar seal has been 
excellent. The iced- tea glasses, cigarette boxes and ash trays have 
been most popular. The wholesale price was increased IT per cent and 
tiie retail price was increased accordingly, but this has not affected tlie 
sale. The lithograph sales have been very poor this year. Recently Don 
Swann, the etcher, wrote that he had available a small number of the 
etchings of Sweet Briar House made several years ago. Several were 
sold during Commencement. The magazine sales show less profit than 
last year, but this is a source of income that can be considerably 
increased with greater promotion. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Helen H. McMahon, 

Alumnae Secretary 



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Class Notes 



iln mrmnriam 

Catherine Norris Cook, '22, Deceased June 7, 1942 
Julia Whf.rrv Wilson (Mrs. W. Carrigan) Academy, Deceased May 29, 1942 



C'.liisi Sccrcfary: Francks Murrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Evcringhani) North Shore Point, Nor- 
folk, Virginia. 

Frances Murrell Rickards has asked me to 
substitute for her as a writer of the 1910 
class notes for the June issue of the Alumnae 
News. Frances has had a troubled and diffi- 
cult spring. Her husband died early in April 
after a long illness. She will continue to live 
in Norfolk. Murrell, her daughter, is a sopho- 
more at Swcec Briar. Her son, like so many 
other sons, is now in the service. 

As many of you know, Eugenia Griffin 
Burnett's daughter is in the 1942 graduating 
class of Sweet Briar. She has been an out- 
standing student during all four years and 
this year was president of student govern- 
ment. Eugenia's second daughter, Judith 
Gary, will graduate from St. Catherine's in 
Richmond next year and enter Sweet Briar 
in 19-1.3. 

Louise Hooper Ewell brought her tall, 
good looking son to see me not long before 
I left Norfolk. He will enter college in the 
fall. Louise, with her usual versatility, is not 
only running a home but also holds an im- 
portant position wtih the Norfolk Social Wel- 
fare Bureau. 

My husband and I have moved to my old 
home in Wytheville, at least temporarily. He 
has been retired by the College of William 
and Mary on account of ill health. Since 
Christmas he has been having heart attacks; 
and Norfolk, with all the congestion and 
turmoil incident to the war, is not a good 
place for recuperation. Now, he is leading a 
simple life — resting, reading and making a 
garden — and I am hoping for his complete 
recovery. 

As class agent of 1910, may I take this 
opportunity to urge each one of the group 
(regulars, ex's or those from the Academy) 
to give to the Fund in the fall. Even if your 
gift is very small — and I know these days 
bring many demands — please send it so that 
1910 may be 100 per cent in giving. As the 
first class, wc should set a good example. 

NaX Po* 1--1.L HODGFS 



CUss Secretary: Loui.ie M. Wilson, 5 14 West 
1 14th Street, New York, New York. 
Dear "Old Girls"; 

I have quite a batch of news for you this 
time. And before I begin to report, I want 
to promise you that you will have still more 
in the October issue if you will be good about 
writing me during the summer. Even though 
you may not think the news is interesting 
enough to send, the rest of us will be glad 
to hear something about you, I assure you. 



As fur myself, I always turn first to the Class 
Notes when I receive the Alumnae News, 
to see what my Sweet Briar contemporaries 
are doing these days. 

Frances Mat son Hardie writes, "Since I 
wrote you last my oldest son, Edward, mar- 
ried, and I have acquired not only a lovely 
daughter-in-law, but a blonde granddaughter 
— a 1 940 model named Frances Hardie. And 
I have been wondering ever since she came 
if any one of the graduates — not just ex's of 
1910, *11, '12 or '13 can share with me the 
distinction of being a grandmother. If I am 
first — and the date is August 10, 1940 — Please 
send my magna cum laude immediately. 

"My youngest son, Matson, now twenty 
years old, enlisted in the army recently, but 
I am still waiting to hear the result of his 
physical examination. He has been working 
for a year in the Engineering Department of 
Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. 

"Last year I had a trip to my native state, 
Tennessee, and almost managed a visit to Sweet 
Briar." 

Irene Williams Oliver, "During the past 
year, I haven't been in one place very long and 
have been to many different spots. My eyes 
were glued to the train window the several 
times the Southern took me past Sweet Briar. 
The trees prevent the good view formerly 
obtained of the college from the railroad. 
On my various trips to Quantico, I kept 
hoping one would permit my stopping off at 
Sweet Briar, but that was merely a wish. My 
husband is in defense work here in Chatta- 
nooga. My twenty-two year old son has been 
an officer in the Marine Corps exactly one 
year. I expect to visit him this summer if 
he has not gone overseas and if travel is 
allowed. I spend most of my days working at 
the Red Cross. I have to keep busy to do my 
bit towards ending this war." 

Mary Johnson Jerman is planning to send 
a daughter to Sweet Briar next fall. Another 
daughter, Mary Leavell Jerman, is graduating 
from Smith College this June. We are sorry 
to hear of the death of Mary's husband last 
October. 

F'diih HysU)p Waller writes, "\C'c are just 
leaving for the graduation of our daughter, 
Edith, from Arlington Hall in Washington. 
D. C I regret that it is not from Sweet Briar. 
In February I went up to Richmond to visit 
Mary Ervin Townscnd and attend the wed- 
ding of her oldest daughter, Jane Massey, to 
Mr. Harley Duane, Jr., of Richmond. It was 
a lovely affair and it was grand to be with 
Mary again although we always manage to 
see each other several times a year. I was 
having lunch the other day at Ames and 
Brownley's here (Norfolk) and at the next 
table sat Ethel Slioop Godwin nf Suffolk and 



licr two children so you c,\n miaginc our 
conversation." 

Elizabeth Preston Cocke: "I don't know 
any interesting news for you. I am deep in 
war work, as I suppose most of the alumnae 
are. They are going to open a Filter Center 
in Richmond as a part of the Norfolk air 
raid warning district, and are training six 
hundred volunteers to run it. I am in the 
training course at present, and hope to be 
good enough to work there when it opens 
some time in June. I am also chairman of 
the Interviewers Committee of our Volun- 
teer Bureau. The Bureau was started by the 
Junior League and Community Council and 
is to furnish volunteers to existing organiza- 
tions and for war work. Ellen Ball and I had 
such a nice trip to Williamsburg to hear one 
of the eighteenth century concerts given on 
the harpischord and wind instruments, in 
the ballroom of the Palace. We drove down 
and back (before gas rationing) and spent 
the night in one of the old Taverns." 

1913 
Class Sccrcfary: Mary Pinkerton Kerr 
(Mrs. James) Box 123 2, University Station, 
Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Mary Pinkerton Kerr writes, "I am sorry 
not to send a class letter. Since January I 
have been teaching in the consolidated high 
school in Spotsylvania Court House and have 
had so little time for outside interests. 

My letter would have been chiefly an ap- 
peal for the speeding up of the "round robin" 
which we started year before last. We began 
it to prepare for our thirtieth reunion next 
year. 

Florence Coffin Gillem was the only one 
of us to attend Commencement at Sweet Briar 
this year. Her daughter, Florence, was in the 
graduating class. 

191S 
Class Sccre/ary: Frances W. Pennypacker, 
5 17 Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 

It has been wonderful to hear from so 
many of you since I sent out cards. The 
biggest thrill was a letter from Hester An- 
derson Parsly. I wish I had room to quote all 
of it. She feels she must acknowledge a debt 
to Sweet Briar and this is the story. Last 
winter her oldest boy, Lewis, was stationed 
at Portsmouth, Virginia with a Coast Ar- 
tillery Battery. He knew no one and was 
oretty hard up for things to do. Bessie 
G rammer Torrey got in touch with Leiia 
Dew Preston and in short order met "the 
most attractive girl that I've seen in many 
years" — to quote Lew. About the Prcstons 
he wrote, "They are three of the nicest 
people you could ever want to meet. I went 
there Sunday afternoon before having dinner 
with Alice. I met Mr. and Mrs. Preston and 



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their daughter, Betty. Altogether, afternoon 
and evening, was a prize day." Lewis also met 
and enjoyed Susie Slaughter. Hester adds, 
"Altogether Sweet Briar 'made' Norfolk for 
Lew." Now Lew and his brother Andy are 
both at Fort Monmouth, in the Ofiicers Can- 
didate School. Hester's other children are 
Johnny, aged fourteen and the twins, Cor- 
nelia snd Jimmy, who are nine. Hester's 
hobby is writing songs for children, and she 
hopes soon to publish a book of songs in col- 
laboration with one of her friends. 

Harriet Evans "Wyckoff is getting over the 
effects of an operation which kept her in 
the hospital for some weeks this winter. Her 
son, Barney, has enlisted in the Naval Re- 
serve at the University of Virginia. She at- 
tended the wedding of Bessie Scott Von Gem- 
mingen's daughter in Alexandria, June first. 

Margaret Grant writes that the Berkshire 
Music Center expects to continue this sum- 
mer. Her daughter's husband is at Fort Bel- 
voir and Leslie has a job nearby. Margaret 
was at Sweet Briar for the Board meeting 
in May. 

Dorothy Brothers Kelley is working for the 
army in charge of blue prints in the Tech- 
nical Division of the Ordnance and her hus- 
band is doing government work with the 
McKee Engineering Company. 

Anna Wills Reed is busy with her work, 
too; she is a lieutenant in the Red Cross 
Motor Corps and a member of the Volunteer 
Defense Advisory Committee. Her two sons, 
Bill and J. F. Jr., are cadets at V.M.L and 
her daughters, Jane and Ann, are at the 
Katherine Sweeney Day School. Both are 
scouts and Jane and her father are doing de- 
fense work. Jane hopes to go to Sweet Briar 
in 1945. 

Eunice Pritchett Squire, whose husband is 
a Major at Fort Story, is housekeeping, doing 
Red Cross work, reading and painting. She 
has completed two religious pictures for the 
Fort Story church chapel and has a number 
of portraits in prospect this summer. 

Anne Schutte Nolt is another busy worker 
in the war effort. She has taken the nutrition 
and canteen courses of the Red Cross and is 
a member of the Canteen Unit. She is par- 
ticularly interested in the Red Cross Home 
Service work, especially in claims service for 
veterans of both world wars. She is corre- 
sponding secretary for the Visiting Nurse 
Association and runs both her own and her 
mother's house. Last fait she took a course 
in pottery but the present situation has made 
her drop it temporarily. 

Louise Weisiger says it's a pity to waste 
postage on her when hunting for news be- 
cause she has nothing to report. She is still 
working hard as assistant principal at Thomas 
Jefferson High School where over two thous- 
and students keep her very busy. 

It was good to hear from Eflie Gross Irby. 
She has a daughter, Mary Evelyn, who at- 
tended Mary Baldwin last year and is now a 
junior at the University of Oklahoma, and a 
son of seventeen, Neil, Jr., who enters Kemper 
Military Academy at Booneville, Missouri in 
the fall. Eleanor Eberle Steuve lives near her. 

Jessie Darden Christian says, "May Day 
was so beautiful this year that I wish all of 
the old girls could have seen it. I am working 
in the Air Raid Warning Center and am 
hoping that the red light never comes on. 
My son, Lynch, Jr., has been accepted in 



aviation but will finish at Washington and 
Lee next year. Mary ^'hitlcy is a junior and 
hopes to go to Sweet Briar in 1 944. 

Our blood plasma business grows by leaps 
and bounds and keeps us all busy. I hope it 
is going to save a lot of lives in our army 
and navy. I have little to report about myself. 
I've just attended a Directors meeting of the 
American Society of Medical Technologists 
and hope to get to at least one session of their 
meetings in Philadelphia this week. 

If I receive any more cards, I shall hold 
them for the October letter, so don't feel 
that it is too late to send me news. 

New addresses: 

Emmy Thomas Thomasson (Mrs. Eugene) 
River view, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Eleanor Eberle Stueve (Mrs. Charles) 1924 
\\'^est Eighteenth Street, Oklahoma City. 
Oklahoma. 

1917 
Class Secretary: Polly Bissell Ridler (Mrs. 
Earl S.) 608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, 
Delaware. 
Dear 1917: 

There are only four of us here at Sweet 
Briar celebrating our 2 5 th reunion, Rachel 
Lloyd Holton, Genie Steele Hardy, Bertha 
Pfistcr Wailes, and I. Tonight we will have 
a picnic and will take along your letters, 
snapshots and questionnaires. We will think 
of you and the days when we were all here 
together. 

This morning we received a lovely letter 
from Miss Stevenson, our Honorary Member. 
She is still teaching Chemistry at Mt. Holy- 
oke, but expects to retire in three years. As 
a sid' line she is being a mother to her 
brother's three boys. She reminded us of the 
glorious rainbow in the skies the day we all 
arrived on the campus as Freshmen. 

Henrietta Crump is private secretary to 
Dr. Douglas Freeman in Richmond. We think 
she should be here today. 

Martha Darden Zeislng is living in Bryn 
Mawr. Her husband is in the advertising 
business and she has two children, Richard 
1 5 and Martha 13. 

Jane Henderson is headmistress of St. 
Christopher's Lower School for Boys in 
Richmond and had hoped to be with us. She 
wouldn't send us a snapshot but says she 
looks about the same except that she is "fat- 
tish". 

Ruth Mcllravy Logan wrote from Pied- 
mont California that she is busy with Politics, 
Defense work and the U.S.O. She was here 
five years ago, and we are sorry that she 
didn't get here this year. 

Bertha Pfister Wailes, Associate Professor 
of Sociology at Sweet Briar is working for 
her Ph.D. She has invited us to dinner to- 
morrow night. 

Inez Skillern Reller of Boise, Idaho, has 
a cute daughter 1 1 years old. Skilly sent us 
her picture, and we have put it on the 
Alumnae Bulletin Board. 

Genie Steele Hardy is here on her way to 
Annapolis for June Week. Her oldest son, 
John, Jr., is graduating, and her other son, 
Sanford is a midshipman. Her oldest daugh- 
ter, Margaret is married, and the younger one. 
Genie is in high school. 

Mary Whitehead Van Hyning and her 
husband are both interested in child Welfare, 
and are trying out their theories on their 



three children, two girls, about 10 and 8 and 
a boy 6. 

Faye Abraham Pet hick has three children. 
two girls who are married, and a son Richard, 
who is in the Naval Air Corps. 

Katherine Browne Camlin, who was at 
Sweet Briar with us for only one year, grad- 
uated from Wisconsin. She lives in Newark, 
Ohio, and has three daughters. Katherine is 
married, Jane is at Dennison, and Elizabeth 
himes to be a freshman at Sweet Briar in the 
faU. 

Edith Christie Finlay lives in Great Bar- 
rington, Massachusetts. She also has three 
children. Edith is married, George is at 
^'illiams, and Peter, 17 is at home. 

Helen Fry Dietsch has no children, but is 
interested in the Santa Claus Mail Association. 
Each year they distribute new toys to chil- 
dren here and abroad. 

Margaret Gibson Bowman lives in Bronx- 
ville, N. Y. in the summer and at The Bar- 
clay in the winter. Her husband is a jeweler. 
Margaret sent us a snapshot of her only child. 
Bob, who has enlisted in the army. 

Dorothy Grammer Croyder has two boys, 
Carl 15 and David 13, and one girl, Mary 
Page, 10. She returned for our 20th reunion, 
and we are so sorry that the gas rationing 
kept her away this year. 

Daisy Guggenheimer Waterman has a 
daughter, Cecile, here at Sweet Briar. She 
also has another one, Regina, who is II years 
old. They are living in Tampa, Florida. 

Gertrude Piper married Inez SkiUern's 
brother and lives in Eugene, Oregon. She has 
five children: Mary Jane, 23, John, 21, 
Fletcher, 19, Clarence, 17 and Greta, 13. She 
would love to send her girls to Sweet Briar, 
but feels it is too far away. 

Louise Sebring married a minister and lives 
in Providence, Rhode Island. Church work 
and her three children keep her busy. They 
are: Mary Louise, 19, Winifred, 16, and 
David, 12. 

Elizabeth Spahr Lytle, who was also here 
for our 20th reunion, sent us snapshots of her 
house at Craftsbury Common, Vermont, and 
her four children: Scott, who teaches at Cor- 
nell. Jean, who is at Smith, Betsy who is 
graduating from high school and Ridgely, 
who is 10. 

Elizabeth Ward Jensen of Hot Springs, 
South Dakota has three girls, Leslie, Natalie, 
and Karen. They should be candidates for 
Sweet Briar. Elizabeth's husband is a Colonel 
with the American Forces in Australia. 

Bessie Whittet Towsen sent us a picture of 
her home in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Her 
daughter Carolyn is married, her son James 
is 19 and attends Dartmouth, Mary Frances is 
14. We had hoped to see Bessie ai reunion. 

Jessie Williams Troxell writes that she is 
interested in antiques, especially glass and 
china. She has two children, Nancy, 19, and 
James, 15. Her husband is in the Military 
Intelligence Service, a Major, and they are 
living in Alexandria, Virginia temporarily. 

Rachel and I sent questionnaires to 41 of the 
48 who started as freshmen with us in 1913. 
We received 22 replies. All but 8 of the orig- 
inal 48 are married. And we have three 
grandmothers: Bessie Whittet Towsen, Faye 
Abraham Pethick, and Edith Christie Finlay! 

Good luck and best wishes to you all who 
didn't get here, from those of us who did. 
Rachel, Genie, Bertha, and Polly 



jiiiir, 1942 



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New addresses: 

(Kitherine Browne) Mrs. Wm. H. Camlin, 
Route S, Newark, Ohio. 

Mrs. George Finlay (Edith Christie) Great 
Barring ton, Massachusetts. 

(Gertrude Piper) Mrs. F. H. Skillern, 97S 
1 0th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon. 

Mrs. Ridgely Lytle (Elizabeth Spahr) 
Craftsbury Common, Vermont. 

Mrs. A. R. Troxcll (Jessie Williams) tem- 
porarily at 1607 Quinn Street, Apartment 
301 Arlington, Virginia. 

1920 
Cliiss Sccrc/iiry: Caroline Hrhiburg Marcus 
(Mrs. Herbert T.) Hopewell Road, Mont- 
gomery, Ohio. 
Dear 1920: 

I take my pen in hand on this hot, sultry 
day, not because you've written me news, 
except for two faithfuls, but because I can't 
once more behold the horrified looks of my 
husband and children on finding that "mom- 
mie" has no literary effort in the News. I 
can't convince my ever-loving family that 
this is a thankless, unglorified job. The two 
faithfuls this time, and I thank you both 
here and now, are Eleanor Judge Peterson, 
who reports her address still the same, "The 
Pines," Mansfield, Pennsylvania, and that her 
daughter Mary, twenty, is a junior in Secre- 
tarial Science at Syracuse University, and a 
member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Her son, 
Gerhard, nineteen, is a junior at Colgate and 
a member of Phi society and Delta Upsilon 
fraternity. 

Geraldine Jones Lewis of Gainsville, Texas 
wrote a lovely long letter, which I shall con- 
dense and hand on to you. She is trying des- 
perately to convince her nine-year old daugh- 
ter that Sweet Briar is as wonderful as we 
know it to be, particularly since her nineteen- 
year old, Rebecca, figured it was too far from 
home and family and decided on Baylor, 
where she graduates next year. This summer 
Rebecca will go to Colorado University sum- 
mer school. Geraldine's son, Robert, is going 
to Texas A. and M. after going to the Webb 
school in Tennessee. She and her husband 
carry on by tending the farm, and crops and 
manage a little Red Cross on the side. 

If I don't hear from some of you soon, I'll 
figure we are getting too old to write. Don't 
blame it on being busy, because I find the 
more we have to do, the more extras get done. 

^'e here are up to our necks in work. My 
luisband runs a dairy farm and cows are 
particular about being milked on time. Our 
lives arc made up of prayers for rain, ploughs, 
plants, prayers for rain, harvest and more of 
the same with some fun thrown in, and air 
raid warden. Red Cross serving units, etc. My 
oldest daughter, Martha, has joined the nurses' 
aid course, and what with hospital hours and 
just finishing her freshman year at the Uni- 
versity of Cincinnati, she is kept fairly busy. 
The rest o{ my children are all in grade or 
high school. 

In grave times like these, cverycmc has 
extra jobs, extra work, and extra worries. If 
we win, it will have seemed like there were 
no extras and win we will. All I ask for is 
extra letters. Best wishes for a grand summer 
from your harassed, disappointed, but ever 
hoping secretary. 



Class Secretary: Elizabeth Shoop Dixon 
(Mrs. Brownrigg) 1029 Maryland Avenue, 

Suffolk, Virginia. 

Your response to my appeal was delightful 
as well as enlightening. It was so nice to hear 
from you and my regret is that I could not 
write to everybody. 

Our "Kitten," meaning of course, Cather- 
ine Cordes Kline, is in the Army now. Arthur 
K. has enlisted in the Air Corps. He flew in 
>X'orld War No. 1 and is now a Captain in 
the "Air Administration." Kate reports, "He 
really looked very snappy in his uniform and 
we were awfully proud of our pop when we 
sent him off. Vi'e were nearly dead from fare- 
well parties. I couldn't move for two days. 
I don't know what the future holds for us 
as Bud may be transferred anytime to any 
place. I imagine Jiggs will probably board 
at Shady Side next year and I will follow 
the Army." Can't you picture Kate trying to 
keep up with the Air Corps. Any way, good 
luck and our salute to Captain Kline. Kate's 
address for the present is: 661 3 Woodwell 
Street, Pittsburgh. She has rented her home 
and is staying with Betty Hay Burnett, whose 
address is the above. 

Mildred Ellis Reed wrote that Mildy is 
entering the "Briar" next fall. She went to 
Ashley Hall to see her daughter graduate 
with honor and distinction. Can't you see 
Mil now being the proud mama? Son Chuck 
has just had measles and mumps and is trying 
to recuperate in time to take exams. Poor 
child, Betty and I send sympathy. 

Rhoda Allen Worden writes, "I'm having 
such pleasant experiences up here, meeting 
girls I once knew at "The Briar". I had the 
thrill of my life to see Fitzalien Kendall 
Fearing at lunch the other day. She has not 
changed a bit, — doesn't weigh a pound more 
or less, nor has time made any inroads on her 
pretty, pleasant self. I also had a short chat 
with Delphine Norton Prescott. She is, as 
always, most attractive and very efficient too. 
She is Chairman of Arts and Interests for the 
New York Junior League, and has filled the 
bill exceedingly well. As for my family, we 
are all alive and kicking. I hardly see big John 
these days, as he is working long and late. 
My ten year old son is preparing for camp. 
Ann comes home from Smith and goes imed- 
iately to business school for the summer. 

Frances Simpson Upson writes that she has 
taken the usual courses in nutrition, canteen 
and first aid and expects soon to have an 
opportunity to make use of them by helping 
at the "Blood Bank". Her daughter Carol 
goes to the Madeira School but has not chosen 
a college yet. I do hope it will be Sweet Briar. 
Fran continues — "I have lots of nephews in 
uniform and brother-in-laws but no children. 
My only son Tommy is about to reach the 
advanced age of fourteen. If we get the 
threatened gas rationing we expect to be pain- 
fully exclusive, as our home is over a mile 
up a steep hill from any public means of 
transportation. I will have a chance to de- 
velop my muscles in my legs and no doubt 
involuntarily have a practical experience in 
domestic science, a part of my education 
which has been sadly neglected. I see Edith 
Durrell, Ruth UHand and Marion Taylor 
occasionally." If Fran had my Austin she 
would not need to worry about gasoline. 

I am not sure of what Shafer's letter said 



yet. I am endeavoring to quote. "I am so busy 
I don't have time to even gossip. Never see 
any of my friends any more. I'm Co-Chair- 
man for the County for the sale of War bonds 
and stamps, taking the nursing and first aid 
classes, throwing in Girl Scouts. Tonight I 
dress up in my uniform to tell the mamas and 
daughters how we've always tried to "Be 
Prepared," so don't give up your interest in 
Girl Scouts 'cause we've got to offer these 
children a cheerful, hopeful outlook. Chuck 
is with the State Guard and drills three nights 
a week. Janic is in a girls school in Rochester. 
Pat made the Dean's list and Charlie is as 
cute as ever." Tell Charlie I am looking out 
for him. 

Well now, for the home front. Lette McLe- 
more's baby brother James is in India. He 
was married January 1st and left soon after. 
Lette is Co-Chairman of the sugar rationing 
board in Norfolk. She told me to tell you she 
is a "sugar mama" at last. 

I am still continuing all my war activities. 
Betty leaves for Camp Yonahlossce in June 
for two months. Wish all our girls could be 
together, in order to know each other. There 
are quite a few around the same age. 

Just translated some more in Shafer's letter. 
Bobby Winne, Miriam Thompson's son, is salu- 
tatorian of his high school class. We should 
be proud of our offspring. They are a fine 
"crop". I have seen quite a few and know 
whereof I speak. Shafer postscripts, — "I just 
finished jury duty on Supreme Court — loved 
it. The judge made me think of Lette's 
'papa'," 

Brownie is taking his first aid exam, to- 
night. Betty coached him. He is working 
mighty hard these days 'cause the Govern- 
ment needs peanut pickers for defense. We 
must feed and oil the world. 

I'm exhausted and I know you are, too. 

Love to each and all. 

Elizabeth 
1922 
Class Secretary: Gertrude Dally Massie 
(Mrs. Adrian M.) Purchase Street, Rye, New 
York. 

First of all let me condole with all of you 
who had hoped to celebrate our twentieth 
reunion right on the campus, and not just in 
spirit back home. I do hope that some of you 
were able to get there and represent the rest 
of us. By the time we reach our twenty-fit th 
we'll have to turn out in great hordes to 
make up for this year. 

The cards, this time, have really been quite 
gratifying. A few responses came immediately 
and you don't know how good it makes one 
feel to find a penny post card in the mail 
basket with just a word or two about you — 
wait until it is your turn to send out S.O.S.'s 
for news items and you'll understand what I 
mean. Naturally, it is easily understood that 
you're all as busy as is possible with all sorts 
of war work, and every minute counts these 
days. From Trot Walker Neidlinger up in 
Hanover comes a quick reply that she is busy 
as a bevy of bird dogs doing work for the 
R.C., B.W.R., hospital, keeping up with three 
lively children, plus a dean-husband, who 
recently spoke over the Yankee Network on 
Naval Aviation. 

Grizelle Thompson writes that she is leach- 
ing algebra in Norfolk and is going to be 
hostess this summer at Courtney Terrace, 
Virginia Beach, where she has spent many 



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summers in recent years — sounds like a grand 
idea for a very pleasant summer, Grizelle. 

Margerette Carper McLcod wrote me a most 
interesting letter telling me all about her five 
children, starting with Louise, fifteen, Jimmie, 
Charles and John, twins, and Margerette, four 
— all healthy and full of fun. However, Mar- 
gerette and her husband find time to do gar- 
dening on a large scale, flowers, vegetables, 
arrangements and whatnot. Our congratula- 
tions, Margerette. Margerette mentioned see- 
ing Lillias Shepherd Vi'illiamson last winter in 
Lynchburg, looking very young and happy. 
She is living in Douglaston, New York, and is 
interested in defense work. 

Beulah Nor r is decided to answer my card 
because she feared what I might say about 
her if she didn't. She, too, is going into 
gardening in a big way. Wish I could see you, 
Beul. I know all of you join me in extending 
our sympathy to Beulah in the recent loss of 
her mother. 

Talked to Ruth Fiske Steegar (our bride) 
the other day. She had just finished taking 
her air raid warden's exam. From her I 
gleaned a little news of Julia Benner Moss. 
Julia's daughter is being graduated from high 
school this month. Does that make you feel 
ancient? Julia is very active in Red Cross 
work in Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Burd Dickson Stevenson is a member of 
the auxiliary motor corps in Sewickley. I had 
a very nice conversation with Mary Klumph 
Watson a few weeks ago — only regretted that 
I was in Cleveland but a few hours and wasn't 
able to see her. 

I can't even talk about what I'm doing, 
as it hasn't changed materially since I last 
wrote — same old problem with "domestics" 
so Mama keeps close to home and babes, dash 
to the village once a day by bicycle for di- 
version and exercise — am getting pretty good 
on the hills now. 

And now a fond farewell for the summer, 
with an ardent "please write me soon". 

New address: 

Lillias Shepherd Williamson (Mrs. T. 
Roney) 3 8-30 Douglaston Parkway, Douglas- 
ton, New York. 

192 3 
Class Scrrcfciry: Janl Guignard Thompson 
{Mrs. Broadus) Box 480, Columbia, South 
Carolina. 

Friends and classmates, looky, looky ! ! ! I 
am jumping up and down and cracking my 
heels together. In approved cheer-leader fash- 
ion I am hoarse with shouting. And the rah- 
rahs are for those noble peers of womanhood, 
these valiant loyalists who so generously re- 
sponded to my appeal for news items. It is 
wonderful to have something interesting to 
write to you, and let this point a moral to the 
98% of you who are slackers. We all really 
want to hear about the others. 

I shall be briefly statistical with my news 
and not describe the nice letters which 
brought it to me. Of course most of us, 
wherever we live, are busy with some form 
of defense work and to many households the 
war has already brought drastic changes. 
Lydia Wilmer's husband. Fred is a Captain 
in Field Artillery at Fort Bragg. "Siddie" 
Franklin Young's husband is a Lieutenant in 
the Navy, stationed in Washington. Virginia 
Stanberry Schneider is head of the Nurses 
Aid training in Atlanta; Lydia Wilmer is 



captain in a Richmond Red Cross canteen; 
Kit Hancock Land is a lieutenant in the 
OCD motor corps. Kay Zcuch Forster is 
Vice-chairman of the Volunteer services of 
the Knoxville Red Cross and her husband, 
Burt, is chairman of the whole Chapter. Burt 
is with the Morris Plan Bank in Knoxville, 
having been previously with other branches 
in New York, Davenport and Minneapolis. 
They have two children, Anne eleven and 
Judy six. Anne is going to camp this sum- 
mer and Kay hopes to take a business course. 

Ellen Brown Nichols is stiU librarian and 
English instructor in Caroline High School, 
Denton, Maryland. This past winter she also 
taught "refresher" courses to young men 
training to enter the Army Air Corps. She is 
an officer of the Maryland School Librarians 
Association and has been serving on a tri- 
county committee to revise the Maryland 
course of study in connection with the war 
effort. Ellen's husband is chief air raid warden 
for their county and she is doing routine Red 
Cross work. 

At a charming luncheon given by Vivienne 
Barkalow Hornbeck for Helen McMahon and 
others. LaVern was happily seated with Han- 
nah Keith Howze and Ethelwyn Clarkson 
Shade and they all had a grand time talking 
about Sweet Briar in 1919. LaVern reports 
that Rebecca Janney Trayer has built a lovely 
new home in Alexandria and has two fine 
boys. Edna Lee Cox, '26, also lives in Alex- 
andria now as her husband is stationed at the 
War Department. LaVern is a Grey Lady 
attached to the Washington Naval Hospital, 
working regularly at the blood donor clinic 
since last July. The number of donors aver- 
aged not more than ten a day prior to Pearl 
Harbor but now, in a new building with an 
enlarged force of nurses and nurses' aides, 
they handle between 150 and 200 people a 
day and have a current total of 1 5,000 
donors. Many return regularly every two 
months to contribute blood. 

The letter from LaVern tells us also of 
Peg Turner Brown's ('20) tragic loss of both 
her mother and her husband within two 
weeks. Peg was in Cleveland all winter help- 
ing to run the family business there but is 
returning to her California home this sum- 
mer. The Browns and the Olneys were inti- 
mate friends when LaVern and Al lived in 
Coronado. 

A pleasant incident was the receipt of a 
post card from Martha McHenry Halter 
which took five months to reach me from 
Thurgau, Switzerland. I wish she could have 
described her pretty village which the picture 
showed, and life there in war-time. 

In Roanoke, Virginia as in most places, 
many doctors have been called into the service 
and Margaret Bur well Graves says her Ken- 
neth is rushed night and day in consequence. 
Margaret has cut her hair for the first time 
in her life; whether this is a war measure or 
not I don't know but would like to see the 
effect. 

Please all of you have a fine summer season 
and write the class secretary, whoever she 
may be, what you have done. 

Jane Guignard Thompson 

This last minute card from Louisa Newkirk 
Steeble, who by the way is a new member of 
the Alumnae Council — "My war work is 
Red Cross Motor Corps — truck and ambu- 
lance driving — how long that will last I 



don't know as the new truck driving tests 
are something! I feel strongly about our 
home charities not being neglected so I con- 
tinue to serve as an active member on several 
Boards. We now live in the country (near 
a train!) and love it." 

New address; 

Louisa Newkirk Steeble (Mrs. William H.) 
Bryn Llonydd, Pcnllyn, Pennsylvania. 

1924 
Class Sccrrfiiry: Kathryn Klumph McGuire 
(Mrs. Frederick T., Jr.) 3 707 Daleford Road, 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Word has been received of the birth of a 
son, Robert Emmett Robertson, 3rd to Mary 
Rich Robertson. The Robertson family is 
now living at 157 West Lanvale Street, Balti- 
more, Maryland. Congratulations, Mary! 

Wc are proud to note too that Grace 
Merrick Twohy is a new member of the 
Alumnae Council. 

1926 
Class Secretary: Virginia Lee Tinker (Mrs. 
George F. ) 3 84 North Mountain Avenue, 
Upper Montclair, New Jersey. 

A letter received from Peggy Douglass 
Whitley says, "I guess I have been derelict 
and I've missed my Sweet Briar News but 
I've got what I think is a darn good reason 
— a brand new daughter! She was born Feb- 
ruary eighteenth and since then I've done 
nothing but play with her. She's so cute! Her 
name is Peggy Rhea." 

1927 
Cliiss Secretary: Elsetta Gilchrist, 45 00 
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 

I am writing this at Sweet Briar at the 
close of our Fifteenth Reunion. We had two 
stalwarts and one nice little girl, boasted 
quality if not quantity, at this Reunion. 'E' 
Morley Fink, Dan Boone and I met, reviewed 
the news, rejoiced at our good fortune of 
being able to attend the Fifth, Tenth, and 
Fifteenth Reunions and solemnly directed our 
determinations to make the Twentieth. To the 
rest of you do prepare your lives, and may 
the world solve its problems so we can all 
be here in 1947. It was interesting to have 
had the Baccalaureate Sermon delivered by 
Arthur Lee Kinsolving of Princeton who also 
addressed our class at Commencement, 1927. 
Then too we had the privilege of seeing an 
exhibit of water colors and oils of Caroline 
Compton's which was sponsored by the Alum- 
nae Association. Compie certainly had a flare 
for delineation in college and it Is fascinating 
to see how study under different masters has 
developed her color technique. News came 
to us of Camilla Alsop Hyde, whose husband 
came over from Richmond for the state Red 
Cross conference which opened here the after- 
noon of Commencement. The rest of the news 
we had to glean from the circulars sent out 
for Reunions and incidentally please return 
the rest of the 74. Only 17 questionnaires 
returned and I want to bind them together 
with any photographs of self, husband or chil- 
dren you can send so wc will have the collec- 
tion to enjoy at our twentieth. We loved al! 
your regrets but they still did not make up 
for your absence. Connie Van Ness could 
neither leave her architectural job nor volun- 
teer work with the Army Auxiliary Aircraft 
Warning Service. Marg Cramer Crane was 
unable to leave at the last minute due 



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to illness and this Fifteenth finds Lib 
Forsyth on crutches so she could not 
be here. Rebecca Manning Cutler has com- 
pleted her law work at Columbia and 
hopes to enter a firm in New York this fall 
if her husband continues to be in that vicin- 
ity. He is a Lieutenant, U.S.N. R. Lib Cox is 
doing secretarial work and for the past year 
has been President of the Louisville Junior 
League. \('e should congratulate Laura Boyn- 
ton Rawlings who has just been elected 
Regional Director in the League for the area 
including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas. Arizona. 
CoU)rado and Mexico City. She thought there 
would be enough traveling this year without 
coming to Virginia for Reunion. Laura has 
just completed a year as Chairman of the 
Volunteer Civilian Defense Office of E! Paso. 
We enjoyed the pictures she sent of her three 
delightful children and also the remark 
'lusty, noisy, and very special to us'. To 
Daphne Bunting Blair our best wishes and 
hope it is a daughter who may some day do 
you honor at S.B.C. Vi'e'rc sorry you could 
not make it but your absence is certainly 
justified. Emily Jones Hodge has two chil- 
dren and is living in Wilmington, Delaware, 
where she has been active in Civilian Defense, 
Red Cross and the Church Guild. Ruth Auns- 
paugh Daniels, Virginia Wilson Robbins and 
Claire Manner Arnold had a threesome 
reunion in New York, and that may be the 
reason many of your cars burned not so long 
ago. Claire sends an adorable picture of her 
year old daughter. Of course Jo Snow den 
Durham forwarded a grand account of her 
life witli four children, the twins now being 
sixteen months old and very active. 'M' Brown 
\£'ood we hear has bought a farm near Hop- 
kinsville where she will live with the children 
while her husband is at sea. Many of you are 
moving around in these war years. I wish 
you would write so we could keep in touch 
with all of you and pass news along of old 
acquaintances until we can all meet again 
here at Sweet Briar. 

Dan and 'E' join me I know in wishing 
all of you good luck and good living. 

Bfbi; 

1928 

Class Sci'rc/tjry: Virginia Van Winklk Mor- 

LlDCF (Mrs. John B.) 107 West Orchard 

Road, Fort Mitchell, Covington, Kentucky. 

It was so nice to hear from Kitty Lead- 
beater Bloomer again. She wrote me such a 
grand long letter. Wish some of the rest of 
you would do the same! Kitty is very active 
in Garden Club work and handled the pub- 
licity for the narcissus show held in Alex- 
andria this April. She ran into Anne Harrison 
Shepherd Lewis there. They hadn't seen each 
other since 1928. Anne Harrison is secretary 
of the Williamsburg Garden Club. Kitty re- 
ported that she looked perfectly wonderful 
and so youthful. Anne Harrison has two sons 
— John Latane Lewis, III and Shepherd Fitz- 
hugh Lewis. Her husband is a professor of 
law at William and Mary. Kitty also had a 
card from Barbara Lewis Maxwell, who was 
visiting nearby and hoped to see her. Thank 
you. Kitty, — write again. 

I heard from the otfice that Diana Koch 
is now Mrs. Thomas J. Lea. Also that Con- 
stance Fur man West brook's husband is con- 
nected with the Georgia Marble Company. 
They are living a few miles away in Canton, 
Georgia, where they are very happily situated. 



Bettie Harms Slaughter has been very busy 
helping to start the new U.S.O. lounge in 
the Louisville station. She is on the Board of 
the Travelers Aid. 

Happy summer to you all. Try to take 
time off from your first aid and nutrition 
classes to write to me. 

New addresses: 

Diana Koch Lea (Mrs. Thomas J.) 5 5 Park 
Avenue, New York, New York. 

1929 
Class Sccrc/ary: Sara Callison Jamison 
{Mrs. John R.) 616 Ridgewood Drive, West 
Lafayette, Indiana. 

There has been practically no news from 
you since I last sent in the class notes. 

Meredith Ferguson Smythe stopped to see 
us on her way home from a trip to Chicago 
(as a delegate to the League of Women Voters 
National Convention) . She was full o( en- 
thusiasm for the things accomplished there 
and tiie interesting people she met. 

Belle and John Hutch ins have recently 
bought a lovely new home in Winnetka, Illi- 
nois and are moving in July first. Belle is an 
assistant supervisor in Red Cross in Chicago 
and spends several full days a week at the 
Red Cross offices. 

Jo Tat man Mason and family have moved 
from Des Moines, Iowa to Aurora, Illinois. 

I am sure that a lot of you are doing in- 
teresting things these days. Why not write 
to me and tell me something about your- 
selves. 

You will be sorry to know that Polly Mc- 
Diarmid Serodino's father passed away in 
May. Polly's mother is with her now and 
they will all go to Michigan this summer. 
Polly, we extend to you and your family 
our sincere sympathy. 

Since there will be little travel from now 
on, this news letter may mean more to us 
than ever, so please let me hear from you. 

1930 
Class Sccrcfary: Marv MacDonai.d Ri v- 
Noi.ns (Mrs. Jasper A.) M03 Duncan Avenue, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

In accordance with the new order, which 
frowns on flippancy, this column will here- 
after be conducted with the greatest decorum 
and seriousness of purpose. Roughly speaking, 
from now on we shall be strictly dead pan. 
(That would be a great pity and we don't 
approve — Editor) . 

Mary Walker Northam spent several hours 
with Mrs. Jasper Reynolds, nee Mary Mac- 
Donald, one hot Saturday in May. Mrs. 
Nortiiam was en route from somewhere to 
somewhere. She was entertained as only that 
noted Southern hostess, Mrs. Reynolds, knows 
how to entertain. After listening to Mrs. 
Reynold's graphic accounts of her life and 
times, Mrs. Northam was whirled about the 
doctors' offices of Chattanooga, in an effort 
to find out what was wrong with Mrs. 
Reynolds' son, Jasper. Toward the end of the 
afternoon, a diagnosis of measles was ren- 
dered and Mrs. Northam caught the next 
train for Washington. Mrs. Northam was in 
the pink, the years having dealt kindly with 
her. and told of her new house and her not- 
so-new husband. 

Mrs. Jasper Reynolds is now launched upon 
a career. She has been, for two months, asso- 
ciated with [he Provident Life and Accident 



Insurance Company of Chattanooga. She does 
not however sell insurance. 

This fascinating account of the activities 
oi Mrs. Reynolds should prove an inspiration 
to all who read this column to send in some 
news about some other people or better still 
to get a new class secretary. 

1931 
Class Sfirc/iiry: Martha von Briesen, 44-36 
North Stowcll Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Dear '}l, 

Althougii I was told that I could iiavc more 
than the usual limit of SOO words for this let- 
ter, unfortunately I have not very much to say. 

Nat Roberts Foster, whose husband's army 
service has taken them to Tampa, writes that 
she has been cordially welcomed by Martha 
Baker Johnson and Milly Gibbons, '32. 
"Tubbv" Baker, you remember, was only in 
our class for one year, but she still has a spot 
in her heart for Sweet Briar. 

Another of my favorite correspondents, 
Martha MacBroom Shipman, came through 
again, with news. Aggie Cleveland Sandifer 
has a second daughter, Jennifer, born late in 
March. Her older daughter is named Prudence. 
Martha Tillery Thomas and Stew art ie Kelso 
Clegg had a gay reunion in New York in 
December, while Martha herself was busy 
nursing a very sick husband. In no time at 
all she and her little girl were also laid low, 
and by the time they had recovered it was 
time to move into a temporary home while 
the work of remodeling their new home was 
in progress. The Cleggs and Shipmans got 
together in Dayton during the spring and 
Martha reports that Stewartic has served 
many hours as a nurses' aide. 

Everyone will be sorry, as I was, to hear 
that Martha feels she can't continue her 
work as class agent for the Fund, which she 
carried on splendidly this year in spite of 
many difficulties. 

From the Alumnae office comes word that 
Libba Stribling Bell has two children, Bunky, 
who is 4, and another son who is about 5 
months old. 

I am writing this at Sweet Briar, where I 
wish all of you might be this June. Peggy 
Ferguson Bennett, Nancy Worthington and I 
send greetings to all of you with the assur- 
ance that we'll do our best to represent you 
at all the various gatherings. 

This is my swan song you may be glad to 
know . . . they've found another job for me 
to do. and I am going to miss hearing from 
all of my correspondents, regular and other- 
wise. Do please try to make my successor's 
life a joy by writing to her once in a year 
or so! Martha 

New Address: 

Nancy Worthington, 926 West Grace 
Street, Richmond. \'irginia. 

1932 
Dear Class of *3 2 : 

Those of you who were unable to return 
really missed a fine old time. Six of us came 
back, five of whom arc graduates. Wc are 
writing this letter together, and hope that 
your noses for news will be made keener by 
the following information. 

Ted Clary Treadwell and Ruth Remon 
\i'enzel came t rom ^X'ashington on the milk 
train (unwittingly). Ted is very much the 
proud new niommer, her first, a girl, being 
six months old. She is still doing secretarial 



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work with the N.Y.A., and wc look at her 
with awe. 

Ruth has two children (assorted), ages 
three years and fifteen months. Their snap- 
shot is adorable. 

Elizabeth Doughtie Bethea and Virginia 
Finch Waller came all the way from Mem- 
phis on the day coach. Elizabeth has two 
darling daughters — aged three years and 
four months. She has had all kinds of messages 
from home much to our envy, the most ex- 
citing being that the baby cut her first tooth. 
Elizabeth moved to Memphis from New 
York two years ago. 

Virginia flashed snapshots of her two sons, 
aged eight years and five years, at everyone 
who would look. 

Flappy Pancake bussed in Monday for the 
day. She is enjoying her position as society 
editrix of the Staunton News-Leader. She 
looks wonderful, so skinny and sporting a 
Victory bob. 

We received a wire from Sally Shallenberger 
Brown, regretting her absence. 

Marcia Patterson sent the nicest letter of 
greeting. She is preparing to teach at Mil- 
waukee — Downer College next year, so is 
busy publishing her thesis and taking a course 
in Spanish. 

We are all terribly disappointed that Dot 
Smith Berkeley could not make it. She did 
a grand job of collecting letters, pictures, 
and questionnaires from the class members 
and deserves an extra amount of credit for 
in addition to her many activities, she is 
raising three children — a boy, five and two 
girls, three and one years. She sent the note- 
book she had compiled and Lib Doughtie 
Bethea very graciously took her place at the 
banquet, giving class statistics, and a fine 
resume of our activities during the past ten 
years. Here are high spots from Dot's note 
book: 

Out of sixty-one graduates, sixty are living, 
forty-nine are married. There are forty-eight 
children, eighteen boys and thirty girls, with 
at least seven more within the near future. 
There are two doctors, Eleanor Mattingly, 
who has offices with her husband, also a 
doctor. Betty Allen Magruder finishes her 
medical courses at the University of Virginia 
this summer and will start her interneship 
at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, the first 
of July. We also boast two laboratory tech- 
nicians, Anne MacRac and Irene Kellogg; one 
supervisor of distributive education, Ruth 
Kerr, who is at the Holyoke Trade School, 
Holyoke, Massachusetts. Mildred Larimer is 
secretary to Dwight F. Davis, Director Gen- 
eral, Army Specialist Corps. Emma Green 
Moore is Interior Decorator of Richs in At- 
lanta, Barbara Munter is secretary to the 
principal of a high school in Seattle, Wash- 
ington; Betsy Higgins Plummcr wrote that 
her husband is a captain in charge of a 
Combat Unit and they are now stationed at 
Center Moriches, Long Island. Elizabeth Job 
Jopp spends a great deal of time visiting 
frontier mountain schools in Kentucky; 
Marion Malm Fowler expected to be with us 
at this reunion but at the last minute was 
unable to make it. She has two daughters, 
five and a half and three years. Her husband 
is a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy Dental 
Corps. They have just bought a home in Nor- 
folk. Sue Burnett Davis has one boy, four 
years, and is living in Atlanta, Her husband 



is a banker. Alice Dabney Parker has two 
daughters, one four and a half and one, six 
and a half months. Her husband is a lawyer 
and they arc living at Franklin, Virginia. 

Tiny Marshall also planned to be with us 
at the reunion but she too was unable to make 
it at the last minute. She has two daughters, 
six and a half and four years. Emily Max- 
well has two daughters, six years and seven- 
teen months. The class extends their sympathy 
to Marjorie Miller Close who has recently 
lost one of her three sons. She is still living 
in Montreal and her husband is a research 
statistician in a bank. Helen Nightingale 
Gleason is now in McAllcn, Texas. Her hus- 
band is a captain in the Air Corps. All of 
us who returned enjoyed Nellie's note on the 
back of her questionnaire and trust that she 
will find these few tidbits of interest. Inci- 
dentally, Nellie, you have been officially 
elected our Class Secretary for the coming 
year. At the end of this period you have the 
right to appoint your successor. 

Helen Pratt Graff sent such attractive pic- 
tures of her home and children. She has two, 
one boy, five, and one girl, three. Virginia 
Bellamy Ruffin also sent in lovely pictures 
of her home and two children, girl, two years 
ten months, and boy, sixteen months. Her 
husband is a Lieutenant in the Naval In- 
telligence and they are living in Wilmington, 
North Carolina. She writes, "My young 
daughter can sing all the verses of the Sweet 
Briar song and tells me constantly that when 
she is a big girl she's going to 'Feet Biar'." 
Chubby Harrison Merrill has one boy, one 
year, and is living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her 
husband is a doctor. She writes that Sally 
Ains worth is living in Birmingham and has 
a journalist for a husband. Lib Douglas Foote 
has two daughters, eighteen months and three 
months. They live in Louisville, Kentucky. 
Jessie Fisher Gordon has one son, one and a 
half years, and lives in Dallas, Texas. Connie 
Fowler Keeble has one son, four years. They 
are living in Webster Groves, Missouri, and 
her husband is in the advertising business. 
Mildred Gibbons is living in Largo, Florida, 
and is office manager for her three brothers 
who are lawyers. Anna Gilbert Davy has a 
daughter, six years old, and a son, three and 
a half years. Sarah Bright Gracey Haskell is 
living in Suffolk, Virginia, where her husband 
is Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal church. 
They have two daughters, age two and a half 
years and five months. Stuart Groner Moreno 
has one daughter, nine months. Her husband 
is in the Navy. At present they are living 
in Washington. Jane Hays Dowler has a 
daughter, age one year. She writes, "We have 
five Eskimo pups born last month and four 
kittens born yesterday." 

Charlotte Magoffin is not working and gives 
a brief report of her interests with the fol- 
lowing, "Ye Gods; with four brothers in the 
service, a sister-in-law and a two-year old 
niece home for the duration, and a servant 
situation, about the only thing I am interested 
in is sleeping!" Emily Maxwell Littlepage has 
two daughters, six years and seventeen months. 
She is married to a lawyer and they live in 
\C'est field. New Jersey. Edith Railey Dabney 
is married to a banker and lives in Lexington, 
Kentucky. She has a daughter, ten years old. 
Virginia Squibb Flynn has two boys, one five 
and the oiher two and a half years. At pres- 
ent, her husband is at Lowry Field, for 



a short training course and she is at home 
with her family in Lawrcnccburg, Indiana. 
Bee Stone DeVorc has recently moved into a 
new home in a suburb of Washington, D. C. 
She has a son, seven years. Her husband is a 
newspaper man. Betty Uber Eby is living in 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of the 
many who wrote that she could not return 
due to the rubber shortage and gas rationing. 
Alice Weymouth McCord has a daughter, 
three and a half years. She writes that her 
husband expects to be called into the Navy 
at any moment. Nancy Wilson Dewry is 
living in Alexandria, Virginia and has a 
daughter, nineteen months old. Caralisa Barry 
Pollard's husband has left his teaching posi- 
tion at Tulane to go in the army and Caralisa 
and her daughter will live in Connecticut. 

We are very happy to have heard from so 
many classmates, but unfortunately there 
are still a few among the missing. We are 
listing them in the hope that they will com- 
municate either with the Class Secretary or 
the Alumnae office: Margaret Bennett CuUum, 
Gertrude Buist Roberts, Courtney Cochran 
Ticer, Eleanor Franke Crawford, Virginia Hall 
Lindley, Margaret Hall, Letha Morris ^X'ood, 
Sara Phillips Crenshaw, Frances Sencindiver 
Stewart, Theda Sherman Newlin, Adelaide 
Smith Nelson, Hazel Stamps Collins, Marjorie 
Ward Cross, Eugenia Ware Myers, Elizabeth 
West Morton, Jane White Burton and Eleanor 
Wright Conway. 

1933 
Class Sccrefary: Frances Atkinson, 177 
State Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 

It wouldn't take a very close scrutiny to 
tell that I am just a bit vexed over priorities 
or whatever they wish to call them, for appar- 
ently somebody in Boston occupied the 
attention of the postal service department 
with a deluge of mail, and my fellow Briar- 
it es didn't get their remember-t he-due-date 
letters in some instances until long after the 
deadline for returning news. 

Helen Bond has just returned home to 
Wilmington, Delaware after apprentice- 
teaching French at the Beaver Country Day 
School. According to Helen's former room- 
mate, she may do one of two things this 
summer, go either to Penn State for 
courses or to Middlebury, Vermont. Helen 
doesn't plan to return to Cambridge, and 
it's rather too bad because she lived within 
walking distance of my apartment. 

Langhorne Watts Austen's surgeon husband 
left in late April with the Harvard Unit of 
the Army, last heard from in San Francisco, 
destination unknown, except vaguely a Base 
Hospital (with 1000 beds, and behind the 
S 00-bed Evacuation Hospital) . George will 
be with the Surgical rather than the Medical, 
which pleases him. Langhorne will spend the 
summer with her husband's family in Bran- 
den, Vermont, and will go later with her three 
small children to Lynchburg to be with her 
own family. 

Helen Martin in Montgomery County, near 
Philly, takes her part in the Home Defense 
stoically, and among other things says that 
"in my spare time I count blood cells." Jane 
Martin is teaching in a nursery school in 
Devon. Jane, you will remember, was awarded 
the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award in 1933 
at Sweet Briar. 

Lois Foster Moore writes: "I am back home 
with Mother for six weeks while my husband 



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is at tlic Naval Training School in Notre 
Dame, Indiana. He went in the middle of" 
May as a Lieutenant {j.g.) Vt'e hope to live 
in Wash in>; ton, moving; in July sometime — 
it we find a place to live by then. We've been 
living in the same apartment house with Alice 
Weymouth McCord, and I will miss her and 
her little girl who is darling." 

Jean Van Home Baber is alive and well. 
I can prove it. 

Jo Rucker Powell from Richmond writes: 
"Entertaining and instructing two little girls 
is quite a job. \C'e have just returned from a 
Florida trip with Jo who is nearly four and 
it was a great experience. If she had her way 
she would ride on trains every day. Anne 
Pendleton or Penny as we call her really needs 
no attention since she is only a year and a 
half and we just turn her out in the back- 
yard to grow in the sun instead of the flowers 
we dug up to make way for the children. 
Lewis is so impatient to get into this war 
but so far no one will take him because of 
his eyes. Bui before long we may find our- 
selves in the service along with everybody 
else. 

"I keep very busy on the Board of Gover- 
nors of the Woman's Club, Program Chair- 
n'an of our church auxiliary, vice-president 
of the Junior Board of The Retreat for the 
Sick Hospital and Junior League volunteer 
work. We arc serving our own hospital as 
nurses' aides but not so actively as the Red 
Cross Aides. This is my contribution to De- 
fense since it frees trained nurses for war 
service and takes care of their domestic pa- 
tients in their absence." 

Anne Marvin on April 6th announced her 
engagement to Mr. ^X'erner Janney. "We have 
absolutely no idea when we will be married, 
as we don't know what he will be doing 
when." Anne has been doing specialized li- 
brary work, in the Rotunda of the University 
of Virginia for some time. 

Lib Gray spent the weekend of May Day 
at Sweet Briar with her sister Ellen Douglas. 
"It was really grand and I can't believe it 
has been ten years since I was in school. We 
spent a lot of time on the lake — the new 
b&athousc is a dream! Will probably visit my 
ex- roommate Ruth Remon Wcnzel '3 2 in 
Washington the last weekend in June." 

Virginia Vesey writes: "We're al! try- 
ing to do our bit and among other things 
have been going to USO dances as well as 
through the different phases of First Aid and 
instructed a class. Then there's the Blood Bank 
and in another few weeks I can make another 
donation." 

Sue Graves Stubbs writes from Monroe, 
Louisiana: "You are going to be very dis- 
gusted to hear that I know little or no news. 
I myself have liad a very full and happy 
life. I am completely absorbed in my chil- 
dren, my home, and gardening — and now of 
course I am knee-deep in USO work also. U'e 
have a marvelous recreation center which has 
gained such a reputation that the soldiers 
from the neighboring camps pour in by the 
iiundreds over the weekends — and I am one 
of the many who endeavor to make them 
happy while they are here. Besides that, there 
is the Red Cross and all the other causes to 
portion my spare time amongst. 

"Little Sue, my future Briarite, has just 
turned three and King will be a year old in 
June. Of course 1 think they are mosf rc- 



nuirkuhh- children. I had a card from Susalee 
Belser Read this week saying that she and 
Kleanor (her daughter) were spending some 
time in Florida — Tallahassee. I believe. 

"King is trying desperately to get a non- 
flying commission with the Army Air Corps. 
He hopes to get in the construction line. You 
will remember that he is an architect. 
Whether he gets in the Army or not is a 
dubious question and he won't know for six 
weeks. We both are anxious to make sacri- 
fices i.nd do our bit just as so many of our 
other friends are doing." 

Back to the writer — T enrolled in a Figure 
Aid Class {if you say it rapidly, your friends 
say, "Oh, how patriotic you are.") Not so 
very long ago, and began a very strict diet 
which is equivalent virtually to six glasses of 
water a day, and a carrot, and was asked 
early this week to model in and announce a 
Fashion Show for two nights, which I did, 
Don't events move quickly? 

New Addresses: 

Mrs. W. King Stubbs (Sue Graves) 2105 
Island Drive, Monroe, Louisiana. 

Mrs. Lewis F. Powell, Jr., (Josephine 
Rucker) 1 n 9 Hanover Avenue, Richmond, 
Virginia. 

1934 
Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Jr.) 191 Stirling Drive, Orange, New 
Jersey. 

As a class secretary 1 consider myself a 
miserable failure but I tell you life does queer 
things to me and it always seems to be about 
the time when the cards should be sent out. 
I only managed to get out a few cards for 
this issue so I may not know some of the 
most exciting news of all. Well, bear with 
me a while longer and I will try to perk up 
for 1942-43. 

Lib Ogilby was married April eleventh to 
William H. Sands of southern Maryland; he 
went to the University of Pennsylvania where 
he was a Delta Psi; they are living at 17 
Primrose Lane, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Far- 
riss is now Mrs. Henry Sharpe Lynn and her 
address is 293 6 Southwood Road, Mountain 
Brook, Birmingham, Alabama. I'm sorry I 
don't know more details. 

I know lots of you have husbands m 
service but the only ones I know of whom 
I have not mentioned before are the fol- 
lowing: Lou Dreyer Bradley whose beau is in 
Texas doing administrative work in the Air 
Corps; Julie Sadler de Coligny who says that 
they have bought a house in New Orleans, 
70S0 Camp Street, and Calvert, a second 
Lieutenant is stationed at the New Orleans 
Port of Embarkation. 

Em i lie Emory Washburn's husband is witli 
the Civil Service now and expects to be "in" 
by August first as a Personnel officer. Nancy 
says she and Byrd are waiting for the Uni- 
versity Hospital Evacuation Unit to be called 
into active service and when it is she will go 
to Fredericksburg for the you-know-what. 
(D-r-t-on). Meantime she seems pretty occu- 
pied with Anne. 

Jackie is probably the world's most casual 
mother: says she, "I have no news concern- 
ing myself except that I have a daughter, 
Elizabeth Lee, born Friday, February thir- 
teenth. She's cunning!" I know she is. F^lvira 
Cochrane MacMillan came to Montgomery to 
visit when Jackie was there . . . has a little 
two-year-old girl. 



Eleanor Bromley and her husband are both 
busy and took time out in May to go to a 
medical convention in Atlantic City. Mar- 
garet Ross F!llice and family had to postpone 
moving to their farm when the gas and tire 
situation hit the East; she is now with her 
mother and doing volunteer work at the 
Draft Board and "pitting my feeble brain 
and strength agin that of Parry who is going 
through the demolition stage right now." 

Cordelia and her husband spent Derby 
weekend with Sally Shallenberger Brown and 
said that the whole business outdid even the 
movies. She also saw Letha .Morris Wood and 
Belle Hanctjck Atkins. Beanie says no news 
but her activities are appalling . . . children, 
a vegetable garden and country-life in general 
keep her busy . . . I can believe it. 

Lydia says the wing of their house, started 
last November, is almost finished having 
weathered a family reunion, Easter week, and 
a fire. Lydia has been in charge of Red Cross 
work at her church and that small Lydia 
and garden have kept her busy. 

Bonnie and Lib Scheuer Maxwell send greet- 
ings from New York but no news. I'll be 
over when I come to my senses, ^'e discussed 
a S. B. reunion and I for one don't want to 
wait until December. 

Nancy Russell Carter's youngest born 
September fourth, 1941, is William Spencer 
Carter. To my way of thinking she has the 
news item of the issue. She reports a baby 
girl left on her doorstep, 1 54 Lancaster 
Avenue, Buffalo, and I'm not being coy. I'm 
anxiously waiting to hear what happened next. 

Don't look now but we have moved again 
. . . our fourth move in two years and 
(whisper) we hope this is permanent. I am 
not as casual as friend Jackie and wish to 
report with fanfare and the usual smirking 
and bridling of proud mothers that David 
Crabb Hurd was born February twentieth, 
1942 and is a dimpled creature of the most 
engaging variety. I am all done up in an olde 
englishe house in Orange and aching for vis- 
itors so please announce your presence and 
your welcome will be royal. You can sort 
of see now why the column has been sort of 
spasmodic . . . we just moved here May first. 
Maybe I will be better organized next year 
but I don't think I will ever be the efficient 
type. Anyway, I hope all of you reap a 
whopping harvest from your Victory gardens 
and have fun in your own backyards until 
I write again in the Fall. 



Class. Secretary: Helen B. Wolcott, 19 
West Kirke Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

June twentieth is the day of weddings! 
Alma Simmons chose that date for her 
marriage to William C. Rounirey of Alta- 
Vista. After her marriage. Alma and her 
husband will live in New York City. Alma 
has been teaching school in Altavista, but 
will substitute the cook book for the speller. 

Also, on that date, Marie Schroeder was 
married to Cecil Albert Pritchard Thomas 
at St. Barnabos Church, Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts and will live at Chapin Road, Hamp- 
den, Massachusetts. Marie migrated to Massa- 
chusetts last fall to teach, and, says Marie, 
"This is what happened." 

Ruth Gill Wickens has a blonde-haired, 
blue-eyed son. Valance Albert Wickens, 3rd, 
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Jackie Strickland Dwelle's sircond daughter 
arrived iMay second and was duly named 
Susan Burnet Dwelle. Jackie had a visit from 
Jerry Johnston Clutc and her husband in 
April and says Jerry is as grand as ever. Jackie 
and Mary Turnbull Garfield get together fre- 
quently for a game of bridge. 

Ruth Billman is secretary to the General 
Director of the American Association of 
University Women at the National Head- 
quarters in >X'ashington and likes it very 
much. 

Poody Morrison Ruddell is reveling in hav- 
ing her very own floor boards under foot for 
the Ruddells have bought themselves a new 
house! She accompanied her husband on a 
business trip to Toledo and had a visit with 
Betty Fox Moon, Carol Fox McCutcheon and 
Martha Jane Gipe Smith. Poody sends glow- 
ing accounts of the Toledo offspring and of 
their fond mamas. 

Elizabeth Broun Trout and son have moved 
back to Roanoke for the duration as husband, 
Hugh, is on active duty with the Army 
Medical Corps. While in Baltimore, Broun 
saw Rebecca Marriner, Cary Burwell Carter 
and Mary Skinner Moore several times. She 
has received word from Cary Snow Garrison 
from Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii, where she and 
her husband and son are now living. Cary 
and son, Kent, born last August, are to return 
to the States as soon as they can get reser- 
vations. 

Ginny Gott Gilbert writes that things are 
comparatively quiet in her corner of Texas. 
She and her husband hope to spend July and 
August in the East, but will return to Lub- 
bock in the fall. 

Mary Marks, working like a beaver at Sweet 
Briar, managed to steal a weekend in May 
at Timberlake near Lynchburg and promises 
to come to ^i'^ashington soon for a get-together. 

Sue Strassburger Anderson visited her par- 
ents in Montclair for a few days while her 
husband was away, but aside from that has 
been sticking pretty close to home base. 

Gen Grossman Stevens has just recovered 
from a sprained ankle and says that a lively 
two year old is no joke for the decrepit. 
According to a snapshot, Leslie Gale is quite 
the young lady and wonderfully cute. 

Betty Myers Harding has joined the navy 
wives. Her husband, a Lieutenant in the Naval 
Reserves, has been called to active service 
but so far is stationed in Boston. Betty has 
completed the First Aid course and is actively 
engaged in war work. She expects to vacation 
in her garden, with perhaps a week's bike trip. 

New addresses: 

Frances Morrison Ruddell (Mrs. Warren 
T.) 432 Hampton Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Elizabeth Broun Trout (Mrs. Hugh H., 
Jr.) 921 First Street, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia. 

1936 
Class Secretary: Lillian Cabell Gay (Mrs. 
James R.) 3412 Hawthorne Avenue Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

Jaqueline Moore was married to William H. 
Hoofnagle, Jr., April 1 8. This was just a 
month and a half sooner than they anticipated 
as Lieutenant Hoofie was called into active 
duty rather suddenly, making it necessary for 
Jackie to crowd plans, arrangements, and 
parties into two short weeks. Margaret Smith 
Thomasson, who went from Lynchburg for 
the event, said Jackie was a beautiful bride 



and that Logan Phinizy Johns and Corlnne 
Fentress Gray were lovely attendants and 
were constantly comparing notes on their re- 
spective young. Jackie and Hoofie are now 
living in a boarding house in Roanoke, and 
she is walking the streets looking for an 
apartment. Such are the problems of a war 
bride. 

Frances Baker Owen has moved to Char- 
lottesville and plans to live with her mother 
while John is away. She recently received a 
telephone call from him, and there was great 
excitement as they both tried to get the most 
said in three minutes. She visited Nancy Bras- 
well Holderness in Tarboro last month, stop- 
ping to see Katherine Lorraine Hyde on the 
way. 

Kitty has been working in the Production 
Room of the Red Cross, interviewing appli- 
cants for the Motor Corps in which she is a 
lieutenant. Her evenings are fairly well taken 
up with drilling or observing treatment of 
accident cases in the Medical Center Hos- 
pital. Plans are under way to ride the Am- 
bulanc-e soon. These activities keep her from 
being too lonesome while Ensign Hyde is in 
training school in Chicago. 

Fran and I had a most pleasant afternoon 
with Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott. We were 
entertained by young Fred, who has the most 
captivating blue eyes and dimples, and after 
lunch was served on the cool porch, we 
strolled about the lawn, while Pinkie proudly 
displayed her latest achievement — gardening. 
She has been very busy teaching two courses 
in First Aid, and her husband is head of the 
state Gas Rationing Board. They are very 
popular with some of the luckier soldiers from 
Camp Lee who have been coming for Sunday 
dinner, but they are biding the time until 
there is enough gas to permit visits to their 
newly acquired farm. Oak Grove, which is 
near Charlottesville. 

Maria Gray Curtis, who wasn't able to 
spend the afternoon with Pinkie, has been 
busy with Calvin and also active in the Motor 
Corps. Ted has just received his commission as 
Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Navy and is awaiting 
orders. 

Aline Stump, in spite of declaring the 
month of May a hectic one for teaching 
school, finds she hates leaving Louisville this 
year. However, she feels she should be able 
to make a more definite contribution to the 
war effort and is consequently planning to 
walk the sidewalks of New York in search 
of just the right job. This found and secured, 
she hopes to have time for some serious play- 
ing and visiting to balance the schedule. 

Jane Shelton Williams, who has recently 
returned from a Florida trip, is radiantly 
happy, caring for her precious daughter, 
Patsy, and Stumpy vows after a visit to 
"Fairyland," the \C'illiams home on Lookout 
Mountain, that all of Jane's ravings are 
justified. 

Marion Taylor Brawley's husband is in the 
Navy, and Fuzzy has been living in Charles- 
ton, South Carolina. 

Marjorie Wing Todd is finding St a ten 
Island an interesting place in which to begin 
married life. She is enjoying keeping her 
bright, sunny apartment and doing all her 
own cooking. She has seen Susan Johnston 
who has lived in New York and had a position 
as bacteriologist for several years. 

Ruth Gilliam Viar is happily busy with 



the constant routine of child care and has 
time besides to give a day of work a week 
in the Production Room of the Red Cross 
and to knit in spare moments. During the 
winter she substituted at Brookville High 
School, and is now busy canning from her 
garden. She said that Elizabeth Morton For- 
syth has left Lynchburg to be with her Navy 
husband who has been stationed somewhere 
in the U. S. for a while. 

Katherine Niles Parker's third child's ar- 
rival was announced as of April 3rd. Accord- 
ing to Katie he's round and pudgy and looks 
absolutely like a papoose with his straight 
black hair. Theodore French Parker is his 
formal title, but most folks call him Tony. 
Katie is also rejoicing over having Frankie 
stationed nearby for a time at least. She writes 
that the Boston Club recently had a most 
successful tea-bridge-raftle run by Barbara 
Ferguson Lincoln, ex-'3 8, Margaret Robertson 
Densmore, ex-'3 6, and also two of last year's 
graduates, Betsy Tower and Barbara Holman. 

Nor do Marg. Densmore's accomplishments 
stop there. She deserves a lot of credit for a 
newsy letter which arrived today, telling of 
busy days raising her family of two children, 
a little girl aged five and a very young son. 
Last summer she was visited by Tory Himes 
Beddoes and husband who were taking a 
motor trip through New England. Also as 
Marg's guest has been Kay Broughton Shan- 
non, who was following after a Navy hus- 
band. Joseph Gilmour Shannon was born 
March Ist in Norfolk, and since John has been 
at sea he has not yet met his son. 

Kathleen Donohue McCormack is going to 
become a gardener this summer. Jim is Air 
Raid warden for their block and also on the 
Sugar Rationing Board, while young Jimmy 
is growing fast and adding talking as his 
greatest accomplishment of the moment. One 
of La's listed activities was keeping up her 
pledge to the Sweet Briar Endowment Fund! 
And well might we all follow her example. 

Engaged: 

Dorothea McClure to \C'illiam W. Mountain. 

1937 
Class Secretary: Anne Lemmon, 224 Church 
Street, Sumter, South Carolina. 
Dear 37: 

This will be merely a condensation of the 
news gathered for the reunion, so you lucky 
few who attended may skip it. I have asked 
Lil Lambert Pennington to write an account 
of reunion activities which I hope will be 
added to this. 

Grisy Derringer Plater and Kot have re- 
turned from Canada and are temporarily 
living with Grisy 's parents in Jackson 
Heights, New York. Helen Rae Wain w right 
is now happily settled in a new home in Man- 
chester, New Hampshire with her husband 
and son, age two, and daughter Sarah, age 
four months. 

We've finally heard from Betty Ball. She 
is now Mrs. Paul S. Fenson and is living In 
Port St. Joe, Florida, where her husband is 
in the paper business. They have a daughter, 
Judith Bland, age ten months. 

Frickie Charles Straub has a new daughter, 
Pamela, whom Helen Williamson Dumont 
says is adorable. 

Lee Hall Cramer is running the family 
business while Fred is stationed at Fort On- 
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^X'cst Point while Jack js stationed there. 
Peggy Cruikshank Truxtun has just moved 
from Fort Bragg to Camp Forrest, Tennessee. 

Gurley Carter Davis is in Annapolis with 
her three children, and her husband, a Lieu- 
tenant Commander in the Navy, is somewhere 
in the Pacific. They got away from Honolulu 
just in time as they hear their home there 
was bombed. 

Mary Helen Frcuauff Klein is living in 
Olympia, Washington, Her husband is a first 
Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. 

Maggie Corn well and Kay Eshlcman are 
our latest brides. Maggie married W. Clark 
Schmidt, a lawyer, this spring, and just one 
week after they were settled in their new 
apartment he was called to active duty as a 
second Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. 
Maggie hopes to join him when her teachmg 
job ends. 

Kay married Ensign Donald A. Maginnis, 
Jr., United States Coast Guard, on May 23rd. 
Sue Matthews Powell was one of the attend- 
ants. They had a brief honeymoon while 
Donald was waiting for active duty orders. 
Sue is now in Gulf port, Mississippi, having 
moved for the fifth time since she was 
married. 

Dotty Price Zeugner and Jack, a First 
Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, have 
been stationed in Atlantic City for most of 
the winter and spring, but have now been 
transferred to Fort Dix. 

Nancy Nalle Lea and family are now sta- 
tioned at Fort Sill. She reports plenty of 
Sweet Briar girls there. 

El lie says Jackie Cochran Nicholson Is 
back in Alexandria and that Chink has 
started practicing medicine there. Lib Lee 
has been bridesmaiding again — this time for 
Henri Minor. 

Janet Bogue Trimble reports seeing Lolly 
Rcdfern Ferguson in Williamsburg several 
times recently when she was accompanying 
George on his trips to Langley Field. 

Issy Olmstcad Haynes and May Weston 
Thompson arc busy keeping apartments for 
their new husbands, and are continuing to 
meet Dot Prout Gorsuch and Bobby Jarvis 
for lunch once a week. 

Perhaps you would be interested in the 
statistics for the reunion. Out of fifty-seven 
graduates forty are married. Of the 27 ques- 
tionnaires turned in, twenty colleges for hus- 
bands were listed, the only duplicates being 
V.M.L and University of Virginia. There 
were twenty-seven babies, questionnaires and 
other records combined, with Gurley leading 
with three. 

I've enjoyed writing this column for you, 
and hope my successor has as pleasant a time. 
Thanks for your cooperation. I'll sec you at 
our tenth reunion providing there is enough 
gas by then. 

Love, 

Anne 

New addresses: 

Gurley Carter (Mrs. R. P.) Davis, 9 Ged- 
dings Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland. 

Peggy Cruikshank (Mrs. Thomas) Truxtun, 
c/o Captain Thomas Truxtun, 33rd Division, 
Artillery, Camp Forrest, Tennessee. 

Mary Helen Freuauff (Mrs. Charles T.) 
Klein, 829 Percival Street, Olympia, Wash- 
ington. 



Isabel Olmstcad (Mrs. Storrs) Haynes, I 1 6 
East 5 6th Street, New York City. 

Helen Rae (Mrs. H. E. Wainwright, 121 
Shaw Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Betty Ball (Mrs. Paul S.) Fenson, Post St. 
Joe, Florida. 

Nancy Nalle (Mrs. Gilbert) Lea, 1705 
Kenyon Street, Law ton, Oklahoma. 

1938 
Class Secretary: Claire Handerson Chapin 
(Mrs. Carrol! Horton) 22701 Fairmount 
Boulevard, Shaker Heights. Ohio. 

Yours truly has shirked her duty for many 
a month now, but maybe I can compensate 
for this gross neglect by giving you a fairly 
complete round-up of the news. 

I'll start with the brides and the brides- 
to-be. Mary Jemison Cobb (Cobbie to you) 
was married on the eleventh of April to Mr. 
Frank Wilson Hulse. Dorothy Tison is now 
Mrs. James Batchelder Campbell of Man- 
chester, Vermont. The marriage took place 
on April twenty-fifth. (Can't you visualize 
Tison's amazement at one of Vermont's heavy 
snows?) 

On the eighth of May, Kate Sulzberger be- 
came Mrs. Rudolph Hecht. I had a rather 
breathless telephone conversation with Katie 
a few weeks before the great event and did 
manage to learn that her husband's a doctor 
and they'll be living in Chicago. 

Moselle Worsley married Mr. Quigg Fletcher 
on the second of June. They will make their 
home in Durham, North Carolina. On June 
the sixth Adele Letcher was married to Mr. 
E. Jonathan Harvey. After a wedding trip to 
Sea Island, they'll settle in \C'est Englewood. 

Even less detail known in regard to the 
following, but I do know that Dorothy Grote 
(ex '38) is now Mrs. James S. Robertson and 
Emily Oldham (ex '38) is Mrs. Dudley H. 
Grape. 

Louise Bailey married Mr. Alan Wood 
Maguire on the twenty-second of November 
and Dorothy Benzingcr (ex '3 8 ) is now Mrs. 
G. Findly Reed. Dorothy, by the way, is 
working in Philadelphia as a contract de- 
signer. 

By the time you read this Becky Kunkle 
will be married to Mr. Frederic William 
Hoguc, for the wedding is to take place on 
the twentieth of June. 

In regard to the gals who haven't taken 
the "fatal jump," but have serious intentions, 
did you know that Lucy Taliaferro has an- 
nounced her engagement to Mr. Charley Clark 
Nickerson? When last I heard, the gentleman 
in question was working to get his wings as 
a Flying Cadet in the U. S. Army. 

For news at random, did you know that 
Lucille Seargcant is one of the first women 
to be appointed to a position in the experi- 
mental engineering department of the Wright 
Aeronautical Corporation of Paterson, New 
Jersey? It seems that "Toto's" job consists 
of checking the computations on the log sheets 
and making graphs of the results. This is 
highly confidential work, as blue prints are 
made directly from the graphs. 

A note from Jinny Faulkner states that 
she's busy "defensing" with the army. Good- 
ness knows what it entails, but probably by 
the time the next issue goes to press I'll rate 
a letter. 

I liear that Elinor Vi'ilson Gammon is living 



at home in L)nchburg while her husband is 
in Hawaii with the Army Air Corps. Dor- 
othy Evans Haveron has moved into a new 
house in West Orange. Ethlyn Biedenharn 
will be married in June to Nathan Swayze. 

Did you know that Maud Tucker Dranc 
has returned from Pearl Harbor? I had a 
short chat with Maudie soon after her ar- 
rival back in Cleveland, and from her calm 
and placid attitude one would think she had 
returned from an uneventful walk around 
the block! She's in Tennessee and Virginia at 
present, but is expected back in Cleveland 
around the end of June. 

And now we arrive at the fond parents 
corner!! Barbara Ferguson Lincoln (Fergie) is 
now the proud mama of an eight months old 
son, John Mason Lincoln, Jr., born on the 
twelfth of November! — And Lew Griffith 
Longs taff has an eight months old daughter, 
named Sue Carol. 

Other new arrivals include Alan Llewellyn 
Zaiser, born last January to Marion Brown 
Zaiser. (Brownie) and Smith Hickenloopcr, 
III, born to Billy Heizer Hickenlooper on the 
second of December. 

I have just learned that Mabbie Berckmans 
Canby is now the proud mama of a baby girl, 
named Anne Perrin Canby and born on the 
twenty-sixth of May. "Mabbie" has moved 
up north now, you know, as her husband is 
working for the Du Pont Company in War- 
ren, Pennsylvania. Only wish this gas and 
tire situation didn't make Sweet Briar re- 
unions so impractical, as Warren is just a 
stone's throw from Cleveland. 

The newest addition to our "young fry" 
department is Master Michael Sterling Adams, 
who appeared to brighten the life of Janice 
Wiley Adams on the twenty -eighth of May. 

That's about all for now. Your fond 
correspondent would welcome the arrival of 
any communication. however slight. In the 
meantime, I shall content myself with a fat 
and boisterous baby, a garden and Red Cross 
work. Please let me hear from you, as a fifth 
reunion is fast approaching and we ought to 
be well informed about each tit hers activities 
when we meet down at the Inn for a "coke." 
Won't that be fun! 

Love, Claire 

Changes of address: 

Emily Oldham Grape, Standard Oil Ct)ni- 
pany of New Jersey. Aruba. Netherlands West 
Indies. 

Dorothy Grote Robertson, 5 02 Kingsland 
Avenue, University City, Missouri. 

Louise Bailey Maguire, 40 Sidney Place, 
Brooklyn Heights, New York. 

Adele Letcher Harvey, 86 Ayers Court, 
\C*est Englewood, New Jersey. 

Elinor Wilson Gammon, 3 27 Woodland 
Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Dorothy Evans Haveron, 2 5 Seiner Spring 
Road, Vi'est Orange, New Jersey. 

Frances Cordes Hoffman, Watson Court 
Apartments. Petersburg, Virginia. 

Mary Alice Berckmans Canby, 501 Market 
Street, W^arren, Pennsylvania. 

Kate Sulzberger Hecht (Mrs. Rudolph) 
Apartment 306, 5230 Blackstonc Avenue, 
Chicago, Illinois. 



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News 



193 9 
Clasx Si'crcfary: Anne Benedict, Highland 
Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey. 

Another June here and in two more I hope 
we'll all be seeing each otlicr at our Fiftli 
Reunion — can't believe it. 

I'm afraid news is a little scarce as time 
didn't permit much gathering (seems to me 
I always start out apologizing that way, and 
end up being very long-winded) but I am 
just getting back to normal after a wonderful 
two weeks' vacation in Florida and might 
add that I am still in the process of peeling. 
It's wonderful! 

Had lunch with Henri Minor Hart last 
week, and I just hope that I can read the 
notes which I scribbled on a post card be- 
tween gulps. She was married on May seventh 
to Ensign Harne E. Hart and her attendants 
were: Matron of honor, Becky Wright Myers, 
Libby Lee, Rllma Wilson, Lottie Lewis and 
Gracey Luckett. Lottie has just finished a 
s se;:retarial course and has a job in Durham, 
and Gracey is busy with Red Cross, Junior 
League and Fort Knox. 

More news of Charlotte, North Carolina 
— Snooks Robinson McGuire has a young 
daughter, Elizabeth Eagles, born on April 
twenty-fifth. Sarah Belk, recently acted as a 
page at the National D.A.R. conference, and 
more recently has had Helen McCreery as 
her house guest in Charlotte. 

Martha Matthews is now Mrs. Stokes Mun- 
roe. Her husband is a captain in the Medical 
Corps of the Army, and they are at Fort 
Bragg for the present. 

Henri had also been to Lillian Necly's 
wedding, in fact, she was a bridesmaid, as 
was Marion Coles Phinizy. Lillian is now Mrs. 
Peter Willis and is living in Concord, New 
Hampshire. 

Betty Biddle is now Mrs. William Stewart. 
Betty was graduated from Ohio Wesley an 
University. 

More engagements — Catherine Ortel to 
Robert S. Osborne. Kay has a wonderful job 
in Newark at I.B.M., and has an X gas ration 
card for her work. I saw her not long ago at 
the shore. Elizabeth Cheney is engaged to 
William J. Widhelm. 

Ruth Harman is engaged to Lieutenant 
Arthur Lowell Keiscr, Jr. 

Bcttina Bell is engaged to Richard Wyman, 
Jr. Betty is a graduate of Duke. 

El lie George Frampton is busy working in 
New Orleans in the army air warning center, 
while husband Bill is going to Navigation 
School at night with his eye on a commission 
in the Navy. Happy's husband, Dick Wathen, 
also has those ideas after he gets his law de- 
gree. Marguerite Myers is Mrs. Frank O. 
Glenn, Jr., and will live in Cambridge, Mass- 
achusetts. 

Please, some of you silent partners, drop 
me a line — even just a post card — one of 
these days. Certainly my address is easy to 
remember — just Short Hills, New Jersey. 
New Addresses: 

Henrietta Minor Hart (Mrs. Harrie E.) 
246 East Forty-sixth Street, New York City. 
Katherine Bonsall Strong (Mrs. John) 3 i 
Mine Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Lillian Neely >X'illia (Mrs. Peter), Concord, 
New Hampshire. 



1940 
Class Secretary: Nida Tomi.in, 6225 Handa- 
syde Court, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Although June might still rank first as the 
month of weddings, 1 940 seems to have sev- 
eral every month. On April eighteenth C. P. 
Neel became Mrs. George Mahoney at a lovely 
church wedding. The Mahoneys arc residing 
in Henderson, Kentucky. The latter part of 
April Connie Chalkley was married to Lieu- 
tenant Fred W. Kittlcr and is now living at 
3 12 Ashby Road, Alexandria. Nancy Haskins 
was one of Connie's attendants. Nancy has 
recently completed a nurses' aid course. Mar- 
i.jna Bush was married to Lieutenant Robert 
Rutledgc King, Jr., on May second. Georgia 
Herbert Hart, Cecilia Mackinnan, Jackie Sex- 
ton Daley and Kitty Estcs all came for the 
great occasion. After a trip to Highlands, 
North Carolina, the Kings found an attractive 
apartment and Mariana is already considered 
an accomplished cook. On May ninth. Bl.iir 
was married to Richard J. Both in Wilming- 
ton. Helen CornwcU Jones was also present at 
th's impresiive ceremony. Blair's new address 
is Box 105, Flanders, New Jersey. Parge had 
a romantic wedding in Victoria, Texas. She 
was married to John Gillette on May twen- 
tieth immediately after John received his 
"win^s." Both families were in Texas for the 
wedding and Parge wore an exquisite dre:s and 
heirloom lace veil. Jane Baker W2S also mar- 
ried in May. She is now Mrs. Henry Grant, 
3rd and they are still living in Washington. 

June thirteenth was the date of Emory's 
marriage to Dr. Carrington ^'ilHams. She is at 
present being royally entertained and was very 
busy with wedding arrangements. Ann Adam- 
son, Phin and I were the bridesmaids 
from Sweet Briar. Marie Gaffney was 
married to Mr. John W. Barry on June 
twentieth. Dottie Campbell was maid of 
honor and Coralie was also an attendant, 
unless she was forced to leave for California 
before that time. Ramona Spurlock was 
married in Shreveport on June twentieth to 
Calvin Ward Fitc, Jr. 

Eleanor Bosworth is working on her Masters 
Degree in Medical Social Work at the School 
of Applied Sciences at Western Reserve in 
Cleveland. Her engagement was announced in 
May to Dr. David K. Spitler of Cleveland. 
Eleanor will be married in Denver sometime 
in July. Jane Bush will be in the wedding. 
Mary Miller is now Mrs. Howard Naquin. 
Clemmie Carter's engagement has been an- 
nounced to John R. Murray. Joan Boye is 
engaged to John W. Waddill. 

Ann Sims is the answer to any class secre- 
tary's prayer. She graciously wrote a ten page 
letter filled with news. Much in need of a va- 
cation after a year of hard work, Ann took 
an extensive trip. She stopped first with Jane 
Furniss Simpson and Frances Wilson in Rich- 
mond. Jane's husband is in the army and she 
is living at "The Casements," Pinehurst, 
North Carolina. Ann spent a weekend with 
Ruth Beach in Summit. Ruth is doing lab- 
oratory work at St. Johns Hospital in Brook- 
lyn and is having an elegant time with faint- 
ing patients and the rest of a hospital's excit- 
ing regime. Virginia Leggett is back at the 
Presbyterian Hospital, New York where she 
trained and is crazier than ever about nurs- 
ing. 

Sarah Mayo Sohn and her husband arc still 



in Cambridge, but expect to spend several 
weeks in Lexington this summer. Marion 
Daudt McBride and Mr. McBride will leave 
Hastings, Nebraska for a trip to St. Charles 
and St. Louis. Ann has been doing her quota 
of U.S.O. work and has just been elected to 
the Business and Professional Vt'omen's Club at 
Fort Smith. 

Lisa Pugh has been attending art school 
and doing defense work. Moreover, she has 
recently returned from several months of 
frontier nursing in Kentucky. Joan King has 
been working temporarily as secretary at the 
University Women's Club in Kansas City. 
Shortly, however, Joan and her family plan 
to take a month's trip throu'jh the West. 
Peggy Caperton and Kay Hod.;e have finished 
their business courses. Peggy already has an 
excellent position and Kay expects to work 
in Henderson. 

Phoopy, my Richmond correspondent, 
brings the glad tidings of the birth of Mr. 
and Mrs. Merill Pasco's (Canny Lancaster) 
son. Phoopy 's husband, Henry, will graduate 
sometime in August and she hopes to see 
more of him in the meantime. Henry hid a 
leave in April so the Livingstons were able 
to take a belated hon-^ymoon to New York. 
Irene Vongehr Vincent is reported in China 
?nd Clara Call Frazier is rumored to be at 
Dill, Oklahoma. 

Ruth Godwin and Anita Loving are work- 
ing in the same Richmond Insurance office. 
Rector is very active in U.S.O. work and 
Red Cross Motor Corps and is still holding 
down a job. She drove about in a blackout 
one night — result one pleated fender! Rector 
says that Mildred Moon Montague is' waiting 
to see when and where husband Bill will be 
sent and in the meantime works for the U.S.O. 

Ellie Snow has a new job in Newark work- 
ing for Western Electric and in Ellie's words 
— "It's almost too good to be true." 

On a one-day jaunt to Columbus I had a 
pleasant hour with Janet Rankle who looked 
grand and seemed absorbed by War Work. 
And now my friends, apologies are in order. 
Part of this letter has been written on a 
Chicago 'Eir and part in a Navy hospital. 
Bob (future husband) is ill here in Chicago 
so I left Cincinnati suddenly with no lists 
and sketchy material. Therefore, please for- 
give any omission or inaccuracies. If every- 
thing goes along smoothly from now on we 
shall be married when he graduates, the first 
ot August. 

1941 
Cl:iss Secrcfary: Joan Dn Vore, 3 135 Vic- 
toria Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

After one year away from Sweet Briar all 
the girls have done many things and appar- 
ently planning to do many more. 

We might as well sweep into the all-im- 
portant engagements and marriages and from 
tlicre, well, we'll wait and sec: 

Anne Gayle was married to Lieutenant Ed- 
ward H. O'Beirne, Jr., of the United States 
Naval Reserve on June sixth. Emory Hill was 
maid of honor. 

Cynthia Harrison became Mrs. Albion C. 
Drink water on the thirtieth of May. Janie 
Loveland and Shirl Devine were bridesmaids, 
wearing pale yellow taffeta faille, with Cyn 
in stark white satin. Charlie Davenport and 
Betsey Tower and Betty Jo McNarncy went 
to the great ceremony. 



Iiujc, 1942 



27 



Htk'n Watson was married to George Hill 
of Roclicster on June thirteenth. Helen's hus- 
band is with Eastman Kodak Company. 

Marie Gaflfney became Mrs. John Frederick 
Barry on June twentieth. Pat Potter was a 
bridesmaid, and Kdgc Cardamone was anion j; 
tiiose present. 

Louise Smith is Mrs. William Somervell, 



Hill 



Marj;arci Crai^liill is eiif^.i^ed to 
I )t)rney. 

Priscilla White has announced her enj^age- 
ment to James Graham. 

Lillian Fowlkes is planning; lo Ix" m.irried 
in July to Herbert T. Taylor, Jr. 

Joan Myers will be married in June to Al- 
bert Ricse, Jr. He is studying at the Yale 
Architectural SchooL Dottie White and Mar- 
ianne U'hitc will be attendants. 

Now for those not getting themselves mar- 
ried — careers and what-not are taking up 
plenty of time. As for me, I have a job as 
secretary-typist and general helper in an office 
and I am very proud to be self-supporting 
after all these years. Also being maid of honor 
in a wedding has kept me more than occu- 
pied of late. Mary Anne Somervell has moved 
to Fort Myer, Virginia, where she is busy 
keeping house for her father and entertaining 
everyone in Washington. Helen Anne Littleton 
Hauslein is working at Curtis Publishing 
Company in the Public Relations Department. 

Betty Doucett has completed her first year 
in Occupational Therapy and graduated June 
ninth. She then has another year of study 
and work. She's really a "workin' gaL" 

Wilma Zeisler is in Washington working 
for the government in the office of the Chief 
of Finance. She writes that she works forty- 
eight hours a week, and has had time to tend 
a victory garden and reap results, too! 

Emory Hill graduated from Library School 
on June tenth, and from there on will be 
busy being maid of honor. Eunie Foss has a 
job with the Savannah Defense Council and 
loves it she says. 

Martha Jean Brooks is taking shorthand and 
piano lessons, has a part-time job as social 
worker for the day nursery in Charlotte, is 
a full-graduate member of the Motor Corps 
complete with uniform and works two days 
a week in the Memorial Hospital. 

Sally Esler graduated from Pitt Retail Mer- 
chandising School with a special award for 
excellent work. 

Edge Cardamone has been doing volunteer 
work at the Oneida County War Council 
and is going to begin work on the United 
War Chest Campaign. In the meantime she 
has managed to zoom to Cambridge and 
Florida. 

Doris Huner has a new job in Rahway, New 
lersey, with Merck and Company as assistant 
to the Librarian in the Research Library. She's 
planning to live with Lou Lcmbeck Reydcl 
while Lou's husband, Charlie, is in the army. 

Do Albray writes that she and all of the 
girls at Katie Gibbs — Dottie White, Frostie 
and Jean Nehring are all footsore and weary, 
but alive. Do is to have a good time, relax, 
have Bobby Clark visit her and then, finally, 
get a job. 



Lib by Lancaster Washburn signed up for 
Canteen work, and says she has a hard time 
cooking for two people much less thirty. 

Mary White finished with business school 
and is now working for the Neadite Company 
in Philadelphia. 

Anita Loving is in the throes of a Radio 
Mechanic Technicians Training Course — the 
only girl in the class. When it's over she'll 
he .1 commercial radio operator Jimmy 
McBee is planning to go to Columbia Library 
School next year. 

Judy Davidson is now living in Newport 
and seriously contemplating a civil service 
job after reunion. Charlie Davenport has 
been doing Junior League work in the Dental 
Clinic as well as Nurse's Aid work — and has 
become most skillful in giving bed baths. 
Judy Hoeber is working in a boat yard, and 
is very busy since they arc flooded with gov- 
ernment contracts. 

Henny Norman and Betty Jo were brides- 
maids in Meach's wedding way last April. 
Ellie Damgard Firth has moved to Lynch- 
burg and says it's grand being so near S.B.C. 
Pickard took a short visit to Savannah to see 
Eunie earlier this spring. 

Butch writes that the best little mother in 
the world, Sapphira, the cat, has passed on 
but she no doubt leaves many remembrances. 

So that's all, there ain't no more. You've 
been wonderful, but keep on being so, because 
we all want to know what the others are 
doing. Any time you're in the mood, write! 

New addresses: 

Martha Jean Brooks, 514 Eastover Road, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Betty Doucett, Friends' Hospital, O.T. De- 
partment, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Anne Borough O'Conner (Mrs. John D.) 
95 5 Ridgewood Drive, Highland Park, Illinois. 

Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn (Mrs. Will- 
iam) 14 North Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Judy Hoeber, 105 Elm Street, South Dar- 
mouth, Massachusetts. 

Wilma Zeisler, 284<9 Twenty-ninth Street, 
N.W., Washington, D. C. 

'42-'45 

Chesley Johnson is attending Newcomb 
College. 

Martha Bobbitt ex "43 is going to Tobe- 
Coburn School of Fashion Design in New 
York this year. 

Joan Gipe ex '44 is attendmg \liss 
Wheelock's School in Boston. 

Merriam Sands Packard and Elizabeth Neal 
are going to Katharine Gibbs in New York. 
Sandy was chairman for the joint concert ot 
the glee clubs of Katharine Gibbs and Prince- 
ton on February twenty-seventh. 

Mary Jarvis ex *44 is going to the Univer- 
sity of Washington. 

Cynthia Smith and Martha Rugelcy arc 
going to the University of Texas. 

Mabel Sheldon ex '42 is studying for a 
teacher's certificate in piano at the Mannes 
Music School in New York City. 

Nancy Dunkin ex '43 is attending ^'est 
Virginia University. 



Engaged: 

Louise Hannoch to Leonard M. Gersten. 
Louise ib a senior at Simmons. 

Suzanne Douglas to J. Gordon Terry. 

Mary Elizabeth Lewis to Donald Mc- 
Naughion Lewis, Jr. 

Evelyn Burbank Peck to Edgar Vaughan 
Boatwright. 

Mary Arden Ewing to Joseph A. Walter, 
Jr. Mary is a senior at Kansas University and 
is taking a medical technicians course. 

Margaret Luther to Robert Kurtz. 

Elizabeth Whitaker to Richard Edwins 
Hook. 

Mary Macfarland to J. Roy West. 

Martha Buchanan to Dr. Joseph A. C. 
Wadsworth. 

Margaret Cunningham tcj Robert Hatcher 
Allen, IL 

Catherine Anne Hauslein to Andrew King- 
horn Burns, 

Married: 

Mary Love Ferguson is Mrs. B. Lynn San- 
ders, Jr. Mary Belle Chilton and Margaret 
Kelly were her bridesmaids and Gloria Zick 
was the made of honor. 

Jean Turney is Mrs. Frederick V. Benjamin 
and is living in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Mary B. Brown is Mrs. William T. Ingram, 
IL 

Barbara Engh is Mrs. William Cross well 
Croft. 

Betty Jane Walker is Mrs. Richard Edward 
D'Alton. 

Judith Agnes Colcord is Mrs. Henry Don 
Jeffries. 

Helen Rawn is Mrs. James Lockwood Miller. 

Virginia McGuire is Mrs. Andrew Jackson 
Brent. They arc living at 414 Duke Street, 
Alexandria, Virginia. 

Anne Tweedy is Mrs. Philip Pendleton Ar- 
dery. Lieutenant Ardery is stationed at Good- 
fellow Field. 

Jane Taylor is engaged to Ensign Robert 
L. Lowell of Rolling Green, Ohio. 

Sally Page Williams is Mrs. John W. Craw- 
ford, III. 

Janet Houstoun married Piatt >X'alker 
Davis, Jr., on June seventeenth. 

Mary-Edwards Newell is Mrs. \C'il!iam 
Cardwell Baird. 

Harriette Gordon is Mrs. Harry Franklin 
Lowman, Jr. 

Betty Blackmer is Mrs. Mackall Childs. 

Sally Walke is Mrs. John Cowden Rogers. Jr. 

Jessamine Boyce is Mrs. Hargrove Bowles. Jr. 

Elizabeth Pierce is Mrs. John Leachman 
Oliver and they arc living at Fort Ord. 
.Monterey, California. 

Polly Colahan is Mrs. Maddox Peter Hin- 
kamp. 

Mary Moss and Lucy Tabb Love made 
their debuts in Richmond this year. 

Annie Laurie M alone has been selected the 
most outstanding pledge of the Psi Chapter, 
Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority at the Univer- 
sity of Alabama. 



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Aliiiiinac News 



Graduates of the Class of 1942 



Abbott, Cynthia Haynes, c /o Mrs. 
Peter Vischer, 34 East Seventy- 
fourth Street, New York, New York. 

Bagley, Florence Elder, 1511 Sunset 
Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Barrett, Clifford Anne, 1527 Kirby 
Drive, Houston Texas. 

Beasley, Virginia Lou, 60 Morris 
Avenue, Athens, Ohio. 

Becker, Margaret Anne, 3773 Wash- 
ington Boulevard, Indianapolis, 
Indiana. 

Boynton, Frances, Two Lambert Road, 
Belmont, Massachusetts. 

Brainerd, Edith, 2234 California Street, 
Washington, D. C. 

Brightbill, Patricia Mildred, 605 
West Main Street, Hummelstown, 
Pennsylvania. 

Buchanan, Martha Toms, Forest Hills, 
Durham, North Carolina. 

Bugg, Grace Wilson, 41 Willway, 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Bundy, Anne Middleton, 812 Stockley 
Gardens, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Burnett, Eugenia Griffin, 5 906 Three 
Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia. 

Caldwell, Frances Neely, 4707 Bay- 
shore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida. 

Call, Lucy Carter, 2 500 Monument 
Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 

Case, Lucy Imogene, c/o Brigadier 
General Case, Assistant Chief of 
Ordnance, Munitions Building, 
Washington, D. C. 

Chamberlain, Anne McVeigh, 150 
Church Street, North Adams, 
Massachusetts. 

Chamberlain, Elizabeth Russell, 338 
Lincoln Street, New Britain, 
Connecticut. 

Clark, Sudie Graham, 1001 Country 
Club Drive, Greensboro, North 
Carolina. 

Coggins, Katherine Ruth, 243 Broad- 
way, San Francisco, California. 

Coleman, Catherine Offley, 83 3 
Avenue E, Fort Madison, Iowa. 

Cummings, Virginia Richardson, 402 
North Meadow Street, Richmond, 
Virginia. 

Cunningham, Margaret Ann, 202 
Scenic Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Darby, Janana, 705 Labanne Avenue, 
Plaquemine, Louisiana. 

Davis, Nancy Eugenia, 24 Austin 
Avenue, Asheville, North Carohna. 

Diggs, Catherine Ehzabeth, Rosendale 
Road, Schenectady, New York. 

Duggins, Virginia Anna, 7706 Four- 
teenth Street, N. W., Washington, 
D. C. 



English, Eloise Walker, 4445 Lowell 
Street, Washington, D. C. 

Galloway, Mlmi Mooney, 1 1 Morning- 
side Park, Memphis, Tennessee. 

Gillem, Florence Adele, 3447 CHff 
Road, Birmingham, Alabama. 

Gilmer, Betsy Newman, 68 5 Park 
Street, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Goldbarth, Nancy Ward, 4215 Monu- 
ment Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. 

Graves, Laura Reed, R.F.D. No. 1, 
Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Greene, Diana Hope, Grecnetrees, 
Kennebunk, Maine. 

Groves, Julia, 614 Victory Drive, 
Savannah, Georgia. 

Gwyn, Margaret Booth, 1816 Rose- 
wood Avenue, Houston, Texas. 

Hanger, Elizabeth Woodard, 19 Cyn- 
wyd Road, Bala, Pennsylvania. 

Hauseman, Annis Shirley, 224 Sheri- 
dan Road, Kenilworth, Illinois. 

Hauslein, Catherine Ann, 262 Kent 
Road, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. 

Hedley, Jean Alice, Nine Franklin 
Avenue, Yonkcrs, New York. 

Hensley, Ruth Gardner, 2 5 Fairmont 
Road, Asheville, North Carolina. 

Hodges, Lucy Byrd, South Boston, 
Virginia. 

Houstoun, Janet Grissim, 1204 Cle- 
burne Avenue, Houston, Texas. 

Hutchings, Dorothea, 1106 Cherokee 
Road, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Jackson, Sally Lindsay, The Chester- 
field, Richmond, Virginia. 

Jacquot, Ruth Frances, Crossford 
Lodge, Centerville, Wilmington, 
Delaware. 

King, Alice Letitia, Forrest City, 
Arkansas. 

Lanier, Grace Wilkinson, Route No. 3, 
Hopkinsville, Kentucky. 

Lewis, Penelope Battle, Pavilion II, 
East Lawn, University, Virginia. 

Lindsay, Ethel Charles, 101 Dinwiddle 
Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Lowman, Harriette Gordon, 3241 R 
Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Lyttle, Genevieve Mundy, Monroe, 
Virginia. 

Malone, Dorothy Jane, 1261 Fairview 
Road, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Marr, Jessie Potter, "Braemar," Media, 
Pennsylvania. 

Meek, Frances Warfield, 5 600 Olen- 
tangy River Road, Worthington, 
Ohio. 

Mitchell, Irene Warren, 807 West 
Kenan, Wilson, North Carolina. 

Moomaw, Virginia Jarvis, 73 8 Wy- 
clifle Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia. 



Morrison, Ann Marvin, 2132 River- 
mont Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Myers, Dorothy Ann, 2034 Buena 
Vista Road, Winston-Salem, North 
Carolina. 

Oberkirch, Joanne Marguerite, 183 
Mill Spring Road, Manhasset, New 
York. 

Ogden, Doris, 3 97 Hobart Avenue, 
Short Hills, New Jersey. 

Peyton, Mary Morsell, Three Okla- 
homa Terrace, Annapolis, Maryland. 

Pierson, Mary Ruth, 123 Kedzie 
Street, Evanston, Illinois. 

Potter, Patricia Hastings, 920 State 
Street, Lafayette, Indiana. 

Preston, Margaret Kent, Standard Oil 
Company of Cuba, P. O. Box 1169, 
Havana, Cuba. 

Ringer, Eleanor Morrison, 273 Pearson 
Drive, Asheville, North Carolina. 

Ripley, Barbara Ann, 5 55 5 Sheridan 
Road, Chicago, Illinois. 

Rogers, Sally Walke, St. Mark's 
Rectory, Pikesville, Maryland. 

Ryan, Nathalie Mather, 2464 Scott- 
wood Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. 

Sanderson, Gloria, 551 Slattery Boule- 
vard, Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Sanford, Helen Jefferson, 3 800 Shen- 
andoah, Dallas, Texas. 

Sawyer, Jeanne, 60 Bartlett Street, 
Andover, Massachusetts. 

Schall, Sally Katherine, 26 Church 
Street, Charleston, South Carolina. 

Sherman, Phyllis Mary, 1-B River- 
mere Apartments, Bronxville, New 
York. 

Stout, Diana Rogers, 2773 Central 
Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. 

Sweney, Alice Warren, 661 Fairmount 
Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Syska, Edna, One Hemlock Read, 
Bronxville, New York. 

Taylor, Jane May, 1229 South Fifty- 
second Street, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. 

Taylor, Nancy Jane, 1800 West 
Twenty-third Street, Sunset Islands, 
Number Three, Miami Beach, 
Florida. 

Troutman, Margaret Foote, 277 The 
Prado, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Wheat, Mary Miller, "Ackley," 
University, Virginia. 

Withington, Daphne Bowen, 121-A 
Brattle Street, Cambridge, 
Massachusetts. 

Wood, Helen Deborah, Round Hill 
Road, Greenwich, Connecticut. 

Woods, Grace Douglas, Hotel Fair- 
mont, San Francisco, California. 



Excerpts From 

PATCH SNATCHES 

A NEWS SHEET BEGUN IN MaRCH, 1942, WAS EDITED THIS YEAR BY MaRY V. MaRKS, 

Alumnae Fund Chairman, and sent to all Sweet Briar Alumnae Clubs in 
September, November, January, March and May. 



Remember .ill those questionnaires the graduates were 
asked to return to Sweet Briar last Fall? Some interesting 
facts have been revealed with their aid, so that now we 
can give you some infininaliou about 11')') of our graduate 
alumnae. But first of all, did )ou know that 1477 degrees 
have been awarded at 32 Commencement exercises? 13' i 
of the 1155 graduates hold advanced degrees or are now 
working for them, and 32',' have done some graduate 
study. (Marriage caught up with 209 of these would-be 
advanced degree holders before their work was completed.) 
As for wedding bells, 72'', of all the graduates are mar- 
ried; and if we leave off the classes of 1940 and 1941 with 
their 26' , bride total, we find that 79',' of Sweet Briar's 
degree holders are wed. 

For the first time since 1921 there was no Ambers/ 
Coniify Day held at Sweet Briar this year. May ninth 
had been selected as the date, but because of tire and gas 
restrictions for the busses used in transporting the school 
children to the campus from all over the county, the 
Sweet Briar branch of the A.A.U.W. voted to suspend 
this event. 

Frcsbmcn avcra'^c $46.00 for the purchase of books and 
supplies at the Students' Book Shop each year. 



With the general trend to cut expenses of campus or- 
ganizations, the Rccrca/ion Koom of the Boat Home has 
been cne of the popular spots for annual picnics. Taste- 
fully furnished with slip-covered sofas and easy chair? and 
with gay strips of green, yellow, brown and rust Indian 
Head at the windows, this room makes the perfect setting 
for informal parties and meetings. 



The first of the "three R's" is providing a problem for 
intensive study for two psychology majors. Thev are 
making bi-weekly trips to the Amherst grade school to 
teach groups of the proficient and the retarded readers, 
and are the first Sweet Briar students to undertake practice 
teaching in connection with their college work. Miss 
Elsie Diggs is trying to work out a system of teaching 
exceptional first grade readers by experimental methods 
which she expects will! insure even faster progress. Miss 
Grace Lanier has assumed the responsibility of helping 
four children who are slow readers to overcome their 
ditficuities. 

In recognition of the high standard and excellent quality 
maintained at Sweet Briar in the field of singing, Mr. 
Alfred A. Finch, head of the Music Department and direc- 
tor of the Glee Club and Choir, has been named an honor- 
arv member of the Pierian Sodality at Harvard University. 



The cultural achievements of France and its permanent 
contributions to world civilizations from the time of the 
Middle Ages to the 20th century will be presented next 
year by ten professors from five departments whose fields 
have felt the impact of French thought. The course Is to 
be called, Liindiiiarks of Freiicb Culture. The departments 
represented include Romance Languages, history, art, 
music and philosophy. Topics for the first semester will 
cover French life, art, poetry, philosophy and music 
through the ISth century. The second semester will open 
with the "Philosophy of the Enlightenment" and will in- 
clude lectures on French history, literature, science, paint- 
ing and music. 

An average of nearly ten dollars for eiery student at 
Sweet Briar has been contributed by the student body to 
various war relief agencies and to the College through 
agencies that have been active on the campus all year. 
Approximately $4,5 00 has been raised since last September 
by such varied means as a Christmas bazaar, the Red Cross 
drive, soup dinners, bridge tournaments, agencies from 
Lynchburg firms, dances, movies and profits from the 
beauty shop. Organizations which have received assistance 
from the student funds Include the college endowment 
fund, the auditorium fund, the "World Student Service 
Fund, Young America Wants to Help, Bundles for Britain, 
the Free French, the Red Cross, the Y. W. C. A., and 
United China Relief. 

The furnishings of Sweet Briar House were valued at 
$30,000 in an Insurance estimate made in 1927. 

For the first time, this year there was no drawing for 
tables In the Refectory. A certain number of tables have 
been set aside for each class and students may dine at any 
table they choose. For those worried about the switching 
of napkins — paper ones are now used for all meals. 

Students appointed by the Head of the Refectory for 
dining room service receive $260 a year. These girls, recom- 
mended by the Dean and with the consent of the College 
Physician, serve fourteen meals a week and have two meals 
off each weekend. In case of illness substitutes are provided 
by the Refectory; in case of weekends, substitutes must be 
provided by the student. 

Sugar rationing has been accepted in fine spirit by the 
students. The Refectory is allowed 50' r of the sugar used 
in the dining room heretofore and 70' i for cooking. Con- 
sequently sugar is on the tables only at breakfast, iced tea 
is prc-sweetened, and all desserts using a lot of sugar are 
now omitted. No more birthday cakes are baked in the 
Refectory kitchens. Also rationed are coffee and tea and 
as a result coffee is served only at breakfast; iced tea and 
milk at luncheon and milk for dinner. 




Founder's Day at the Monuments 
October 31, 1941 




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From the President ot the Alumnae Association 



Dear Alumnae: 



MINE is the privilege of being the first president of 
the Alumnae Association to live at Sweet Briar 
during her term of office, getting thoroughly re-acquainted 
with the college and seeing it from a different point of 
view than one gets as a student. Mine is also the real 
privilege of working closely with Helen McMahon in the 
alumnae office. 

For these privileges I am grateful, and I am also mindful 
of the responsibilities which these very privileges carry 
with them, namely to do my very best to interpret the 
changing aspects of the college to you and in turn to 
give the college an understanding of the alumnae point 
of view. The former I shall try to do through the magazine 
with Helen's help; the latter must come from you. 

At the first meeting of the new Council in June, we of 
course discussed the problems of liberal arts education for 
women, and the Council was unanimous in feehng that 
the objective of our Association now is to promote in 
every way we can the strengthening of that type of edu- 
cation. Since the existence of Sweet Briar and her continued 
welfare are the real and only reason for our Alumnae 
Association, it is logical that we devote our energies to the 
support of our own college. 

The Alumnae Fund of last year reached a new high 
total, showing that you are eager even in these difficult 
times to reaffirm in a tangible way your faith in Sweet 



Briar's education and ideals. I feel sure that under the plan 
which has been made this year, under the direction of Fund 
Chairman Mary V. Marks, you will respond even more 
generously because you can serve your country as well as 
your college by buying war savings stamps. Alumnae 
giving is more important than ever; it is vital to Sweet 
Briar's future. 

There are other ways in which each of us can serve Sweet 
Briar. We can redouble our efforts to interest capable girls 
in coming here for their college training. We can do a little 
studying and take the examinations for Alumnae Repre- 
sentatives on Admission. The Council voted in June to 
take the exam in October, including those who have 
previously taken it, after hearing Mrs. Lill tell how 
valuable to the college have been the services of these 
representatives and how much interest they have aroused 
on the part of other colleges. 

The need for college trained women has never been 
greater than today. The Army, the Navy, industry and 
civic organizations want them. Their demands offer to us 
a real challenge and a great opportunity. If college women 
neglect the colleges which produce these women now 
needed so badly, who will supply these demands? 

Sincerely yours, 

Martha von Briesen 



Vv^ar Stamps ^ Alumnae Fund Gifts 



IN THIS war year. Sweet Briar's Alumnae Fund has 
been geared to fit the times; war stamps will be just 
as acceptable to the college as money. All possible 
efforts are being made to enable alumnae givers to meet 
two kinds of obligations to this nation's welfare at 
once. 

Last year's gift to the college from the alumnae totaled 
more than $6,3 00 raised through the Alumnae Fund, 
Alumnae clubs, sale of glass and china and magazine sub- 
scriptions. It was the largest such gift since the Fund plan 
was adopted nine years ago. 

This year you may continue to support the sort of edu- 
cation which is needed more now than ever and at the 
same time you may contribute your dollars to the vital 
needs of the government's war program. The new plan, 
which goes into effect officially on Founders' Day October 
thirtieth, has the approval of the Board of Directors of the 



college, of the Alumnae Council and, most of all, of the 
United States Treasury Department! 

All of them will be overjoyed if you begin at once to 
buy war stamps for Sweet Briar. Send the stamps you have 
purchased to Sweet Briar before May H, 1943. You are 
asked to send stamps rather than bonds, because Sweet 
Briar can convert the stamps into the bond series which 
may be purchased by institutions. This arrangement also makes 
it possible for alumnae to send any amount of stamps of 
any denomination, leaving to the college the matter of 
converting them into the most suitable type of bonds. 

Money gifts are still needed and they will be welcomed. 
The $400 which the alumnae give each year for the Manson 
Memorial Scholarship must be turned over to the college 
in an immediately expendable form. Therefore, if you wish 
to continue to give a money gift rather than stamps, it will 
be used for that particular fund. 



ALUMNAE NEWS 
SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 

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ENTERED AS SECOND CLASS MATTER NOVEMBER 23, 1931, AT THE POSTOFFICE AT SWEET BRIAR, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1879. 

THE ALUMNAE NEWS IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL 



Volume XII 



October, 1942 



Number 1 



The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Prciiclfiil 

Martha von Briksen, "31 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

First Vice-Vresiilcnt 

Virginia Eadv, '3 8 
R. R. No. 6, Box 318, Louisville, Kentucky 

SccoitJ Vice-President 

Laura Graves, '42 

R. F. D. No. I, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Executive Secretary 

Helen H. McMahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairjtian Alumtiae Fund 

Mary Marks, '3 5 

4001 Stuart Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumna Member of the Board of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

Eugenia Griffin, '10) 

J906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Kepresentativcs on Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, 'IS 

21 Foxcroft Road, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Term E.\pires May, 1943 

Mrs. Joseph Winston Cox, Jr. 

(Edna Lee, '26) 

ISOl Canterbury Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Term Expires May, 1946 



Helen H. McMahon, Editor 

Contents 

From the President of the Alumnae Association 

Inside Front Cover 

War Stamps ^ Alumnae Fund Gift Inside Front Cover 

Frontispiece 2 

How Shall the College Curriculum Be Adjusted to 

War Time Needs? — By President Glass 3 

The Romance Language Department Reminisces — 

By Joseph E. Barker 5 

Administrative Appointments 8 

Sweet Briar Begins the Thirty-Seventh Session 9 

On Campus 11 

ScoTTs Return After Fifteen Months in Brazil 12 

Ralph Adams Cram 13 

Alumnae in the News 13 

From the Administrative Calendar 14 

Department and Faculty News 14 

Class Notes 17 

College Calendar Inside Back Cover 



Mrs. Clarence B. Rogers 

(Mary Clark, Academy) 

200 Montgomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Harry B. Taylor 

(Alma Booth, '11) 

16 Jack Jouett Apartments, University, Virginia 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Polly Bissell, '17) 

608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Delaware 

Mrs. K. N. Gardner 

(Cornelia Carroll, '18) 

3S3S Crystal Court Coconut Grove, 

Miami, Florida 

Mrs. William H. Steeble 

(Louisa Newkirk, '23) 

Bryn Llonydd, Penllyn, Pennsylvania 



Members of the Alumnae Council 

Mrs. John Twohy, 2nd 

(Grace Merrick, *24) 

442 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk, Virginia 

Elsetta Gilchrist, '27 

650S York Road, Parma Heights, 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Mrs. Kelsey Regen 

(Jocelyn Watson, '2 8) 

1017 Demerius Street, Durham, North Carolina 

Mrs. Edmund W. Harrison 

(Mary Huntington, *30) 

Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Mary Moore Pancake, "3 2 
"The Orchard", Staunton, Virginia 



Mrs. Ernest M. Wood, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Bond, '34) 

1020 Greenway Court, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Connie J. Bur\pell, '34 

1026 Ardsley Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Mrs. Francis E. Carter, Jr. 

(Cary Burwell, "3 5) 

Box 76, Route 7, Jacksonville, Florida 

Mrs. Franklin Parker 

(Katherine Niles, '3 6) 

46 Glen Road, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 

Mrs. E. Griffith Dodson, Jr. 

(Molly Talcott, "3 8) 

Box 565, Roanoke, Virginia 

Mary Mackintosh, '3 9 

1409 Florida Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C. 




WAVES 
Atiiif Gocbnaiter and Emma K'tely 



A complete list of alumnae serving in the Women's Reserve Units of the army and the navy has 
not been received by the alumnae office. We shall appreciate further information about those whose 
names are not listed and corrections for those who are. A story with pictures is promised for the 
February issue of the News. 



Sweet Briar WAACS 

Mary Craighill Kinyoun, '25 

Savannah, Georgia 

Louise Nelson, '30, Richmond, Virginia 

Assigned to Richmond Filter Center 

Ruth Kerr, '32, Third Officer, Holyoke, 

Massachusetts, instructor in basic military 

routine, Fort Des Moines 

Anne Conant, ex '40, Third Officer, 

Brookline, Massachusetts 

assigned to the Boston Air Defense Wing 

Mary Petty Johnston, '40, New York 

City, commissioned and assigned to New 

York Information Center 

Martha Rector, '40, Roanoke, Virginia, 

commissioned and assigned to Motor 

Transport 

Madeline Hawes, ex '3 3 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Marie Le Pine, '34 Binghamton, New York 

Trainees, second class at Fort Des Moines 



Sweet Briar WAVES 

Anne Gochnauer, '30, 
Richmond, Virginia 
Emma Riely, '30, Richmond, Virginia 
Ann Spiers, '3 5, Wayne, Pennsylvania 
Anne Lauman, '37, Washington, was com- 
missioned an Ensign and assigned to Lieu- 
tenant Commander McAfee's office 
Ann Parks, '39, Norfolk, Virginia 
Olivia Davis, '40, Scarsdale, New York 
Olive May Whittington, '40, 
Marion Station, Maryland. 
Elizabeth McDade, '41, New Brunswick, 
New Jersey, assigned to radio school at 
Madison, Wisconsin 
Betsy Chamberlain, '42, 
New Britain, Connecticut 
Eleanor Ringer, '42 
Asheville, North Carolina 



THE ALUMNAE NEWS 



Volume XII 



October, 1942 



Number 1 



How Shall the College Curriculum Be Adjusted 

to War-time Conditions and Needs? 

Address by President Glass at meeting under auspices of United States Office of Education, Washington, D. C. 



THE college curriculum can be adjusted in four aspects 
to meet war-time conditions and needs: in administra- 
tion; content; emphasis and balance; time; and each has 
in it both advantages and pitfalls. 

Briefly, advantages in administration would come from 
the elimination of rigidity of procedure to secure reality 
of results. The pitfall here is such loose procedure that 
superficiality and deception as to real gains occur. Most 
red-tape and some long honored prerequisites and traditions 
can go, but full understanding of what is lost and what 
gained is due the student. He should be able to graduate 
at one date of any year as well as another, if the work 
required for that specific graduation is fulfilled. The 
amount of work allowed a student should be geared to his 
strength and ability rather than rigidly to a general ruling. 
Some can and should carry heavier schedules than others 
and all could probably carry more than previously by 
omitting some things now done. Advantageous combina- 
tions, that cut across departmental and divisional lines 
should be made easy. Many more modifications of adminis- 
tration could be named, and they should all be made to 
prepare students to contribute to the war effort rather than 
to facilitate the getting of any specific degree or certificate, 
whose meaning must be sacrificed to modifications. 

The name of the degree or certificate is of least im- 
portance but new names for new things are honest. A tiger 
lily is not by sympathy or speed made a rose, but it can 
be made, with intelligent sympathy and wise speed, a 
handsome lily. Most colleges are already wisely modifying 
curricular administration and, unfortunately, some are con- 
fusing the young by calling a tiger lily a rose, or by offer- 
ing a tiger lily degree with only three petals as a perfect 
specimen. It is an unnecessary and gratuitous deception 

The curriculum can be modified in content; and again, 
almost every college has done this too, by offering new 
subjects and new combinations of subjects, and by chang- 
ing existing courses to have more bearing upon the present 
world condition. Further work in the sciences, applied 
chiefly but also theoretical, new groupings of the branches 
of science, many new courses in geography and many new 
ones in languages, that have not previously been taught, 
have appeared. The whole field of history, economics, 
government and sociology, is being re-arranged to give the 



student understanding of his own country, a knowledge 
of what is really involved in different forms of govern- 
ment, both local and worldwide conceptions of economics, 
industry and trade, and a basis for judging and evaluating 
means of social betterment. 

It is, of course, a false picture that came out of the 
investigation of American history required in the colleges. 
The chief difficulties with the conclusions of that investi- 
gation lie in the promise that only a course called American 
history teaches the aspects of the American scene and a 
kindred implication that only required courses in American 
history would get the subject before the students. In many 
colleges no one specific course is required, but the require- 
ments do see to it that aspects of the subjects, basic for 
an educated person, are covered in one way or another. 
Better courses in American history and American govern- 
ment and the social scene in America could, without doubt, 
be offered, and this picture with the false perspective will 
probably cause many of them to be given, and that is the 
only important thing for educators. The general public 
will get a new and easy point at which to rail, and maybe 
that is good too, since they will probably do less harm 
venting their indignation over this than over some of the 
points involved in the pursuit of the war where their 
indignation may cause an industrial apoplexy. A world 
view of cooperation among nations is an absolute essential 
to fight the war and frame the peace, and students ought 
to be led to recognize the cost to the individual and to the 
nation of such cooperation. There should be no chance of 
the war being hindered or the peace bungled from a sudden 
unforeseen realization that the demanded cooperation costs 
material possessions, dear prejudices, and cherished inde- 
pendence in some spots. 

In offering new courses for the war need colleges should, 
of course, have reference to their equipment and experience 
for the new venture. There are enough points at which 
the colleges can make contributions to the war needs for 
each one to care for what it can do best, and enough 
colleges, it seems, to offer the training that is needed. 
Among the urgent needs is that for new offerings or new 
orientations in religion and philosophy. In a time of such 
confusion any persons allowed to think for themselves 
need standards or religion and philosophy, a real personal 
religious belief and a growing personal philosophy of what 



Alumnae News 



life is for, to direct their various contributions to the war 
and to the peace to their valid ends. 

Now a word about emphasis and balance. It has already 
been indicated that course emphasis should and will be 
changed where they have not previously been correlated 
with the present scene. Different branches of knowledge 
must get added emphasis. Mathematics and all the sciences 
that contribute to waging war have already taken prece- 
dence in discussions, in arrangements for financial assist- 
ance of students and institution, and in enrollment of 
students. We are being thoroughly like ourselves in turn- 
ing immediately, on recognition of neglect by students of 
these fields, to concern almost exclusively with them. In 
such a war as this, changes seem too certain for even 
Americans to be misled into believing that the pendulum 
stops at the far end of its arc, and that consequently it is 
wise to be as one-sided at this extreme as they previously 
were at another. With students caught so deplorably short 
in mathematics and science the inference, it seems, ought 
to shine out that a balanced education is the only safe 
foundation for rapid change requiring rapid acquirement 
of special skills when they are needed. It is astounding to 
think that one single good course in college mathematics, 
I mean one that covers some higher algebra, trigonometry 
and calculus, would be enough for much special training 
in which a constant call comes for students prepared to 
begin the specialty. Several colleges — notably Barnard, 
with its advice in excellent form — have prepared for stu- 
dents what they call a "war minor", a combination of 
courses to be taken as free electives in addition to the 
chosen major which reflects the student's real ability and 
interest. There are many of these war minors, and they 
form amazingly adequate foundations for immediate short- 
time specialization. It would be well for all colleges to 
formulate such from their own offerings and guide students 
to broaden their usefulness by taking them. 

Of course physical fitness and dependability are at a 
premium, as they always are at moments of greatest need. 
The college curriculum, in its content and in its adminis- 
tration, can facilitate both. 

The fourth modification of the curriculum to meet war 
needs is that of time and this is too urgent and obvious 
to need argument. Education in all its depth and maturity 
is so badly needed in this time that a large part of our 
confusion and uncertainty comes from lack of it. Can this 
education be hastened? I think so, but only to a degree. 
It can be hastened to the degree that it can be made "to 
take" in a shorter time. Its incubation period may be 
shortened by intellectual eagerness, hard work, and expert 
guidance, but a certain time for maturing is still essential. 
Training for a specific and more limited activity is also 
desperately needed. This can be hastened more since it 
covers less and calls for less of the slower process of corre- 
lation. Colleges must continue the deeper and better bal- 
anced education to whoever can take it and must also give 
this hastened training to meet the needs of the country. 
And students must take it and then use it for the country's 
sake, even though they cripple their education thereby. A 
good college sees that its students know the difference too. 
And a college should stand ready to assist its students who 
have taken limited training to meet immediate war needs 



to get the deeper education as soon after the war as it is 
possible for them to seek it, and to get it at the level of 
their increased maturity. 

The varieties of time shortening now being tried are 
too numerous to be discussed, and they differ in conven- 
ience to particular institutions rather than in fundamental 
concept. I confess to a special interest in the plan being 
initiated at Lafayette, because it seems best to face the 
necessity of time in which to mature and vacations in 
which to earn along with a decreased span of months for 
the degree. On the supposition that the burden of this war 
cannot be borne by the generation just reaching its later 
teens, but also that this generation cannot escape involve- 
ment in the war before it is over, this plan allows, it would 
seem, rather adequately for education, special training, and 
speed. Again I feel moved to say that we should speed, but 
that a truncated course camoflaged to seem like a full 
pyramid and called one is not worthy of the fine and self- 
sacrificing young persons to whom some of us are ready, 
in false generosity, to give it. 

Of course I am expected to say how all of this curri- 
culum modification affects women. My eye fell the other 
day on one of those hodge-podge columns of Question- 
Answer in a daily paper. Some one in this turbid and 
breath-taking time cared to know whether the worker ant 
is male or female. He learned that the worker ant is female, 
and that she does all of her work with her head. If we go 
to the ant, presumably women will be enormously affected 
by changes in her education. In reality I do not see that 
she will be affected very differently from the men. What 
she hurries over she will get less of. She will be as readily 
deceived as the young male if unwisely patriotic educators 
tell her a tiger lily is a rose. She ought to be led to broaden 
her education, especially in the fields of mathematics and 
science without cramping it in other fields where she prefers 
to put her energies. Wherever the country needs her she 
should sacrifice her longer and deeper education to more 
immediate training and activity. She may be able, in pro- 
portion as she is allowed less strenuous participation in 
war's devastation, to do more work with her head and 
contribute genuinely to understanding and evaluating the 
means for world cooperation and its cost. 

She has already so large and so important a role in society 
to perform that it is to be hoped that her additional work 
— and she must do all she did before and more too — may 
be of the kind that makes short-time demands for real 
dislocations of her chosen contributions to society. Women 
students will accelerate and dislocate and strive for under- 
standing and an active part in the war, because they are 
an integral part of the society whose education is being 
revamped, and the effects upon them will be of the same 
kind as upon the young men, though women may feel the 
effects less in proportion as they may be allowed to keep 
from the white hot center of the cauldron. 

What women get in their education now may largely 
determine, beyond the possible influence of men's present 
education, the ideals and attainments possible for the next 
generation. As the Arabs kept mathematics alive during 
the dark ages so may the women, who are not primarily 
absorbed into war activity, keep alive the long-time values 
of learning and culture which belong to all generations. 



October, 1942 



The Romance" Language Department Reminisces 

By Joseph E. Barker, Cbairnian 

This article is the first uf a series of articles on 
the various ilepart incuts of the college. — Editor 



SOME of you studied Italian when at Sweet Briar, more 
studied Spanish, and many more studied French, but 
most all of you, according to the Alumnae Secretary, are 
eager to know what has been happening recently to the 
department which houses these useful tools of culture. In 
general the fortunes of all three have been closely tied up 
with the fortunes of French. Eleven years ago under the 
impact of the economic depression the number of students 
in French courses fell off slightly. Two years later, in 1933, 
the number diminished by as much as a quarter because 
of the dropping in the preceding year of the requirement 
that a student must continue through at least one year of 
college the modern language offered for entrance (in most 
cases French). Under the group system which went into 
effect in the fall of 1932 each student before graduation 
was required to have ( 1 ) a reading knowledge of French 
or German and a reading knowledge of Greek or Latin; 
or (2) a reading knowledge of French or German, and an 
elementary knowledge of the other of these two, or of 
Italian or Spanish. This was modified in 1939 to require 
a reading knowledge of only one language — French, Ger- 
man, Greek, Italian, Latin, or Spanish — a reading knowl- 
edge which is ordinarily determined by the passing of a 
written translation test set in September and March of 
each year. As some qualified students pass this test at the 
beginning of freshman year it is clear that a large measure 
of freedom has been given the student in her choice of a 
language. 

From 1930 on the department was concerned with the 
problem of the variability of grades from school to 
school and the consequent lack of homogeneity in college 
classes, which resulted in frequent changing of students 
from class to class in the early fall. This was largely solved 
in 1936 when, after experimenting with various other 
devices, we adopted the practice of requiring all new 
students who offer French for entrance, whether freshmen 
or transfers from other colleges, usually about 150 in all, 
to take an achievement test the first day of freshmen week. 
This test serves as a check on the quality of the work 
done elsewhere and enables the department to place the 
student in the course best suited to her training and ability. 
Each year as many as a half dozen freshmen are advanced 
from second year college French to third year, or from 
third year (that is, either the Survey or Nineteenth Cen- 
tury courses) to fourth year (the Seventeenth Century 
course). Usually just as many are advised for their own 
good to drop back a year. The three majors who pursued 
the honors plan of study in 1941 and 1942 were able, as 
a result of their high scores on the placement test, to gain 
a whole year of French study by entering the Seventeenth 
Century course at the beginning of freshman year. Now 



that the number of students offering Spanish for entrance 
is increasing. Mr. Mangiafico is using a similar test for 
placement in Spanish. 

In 1940 and again in 1941 the fortunes of war and 
the policy of cooperation with Latin America were reflected 
by a decrease in French and an increase in Spanish registra- 
tion. In 1941 French students decreased in number from 
254 to 213, or 16' c, and Spanish jumped from 80 to 134, 
or 67. ^'/c. That same year the average loss in French in 
526 colleges and universities was 23.5%, and the average 
gain in Spanish was 27'/. This fall Spanish has made a 
slight gain and French has held its own. In one respect 
French has gained also, for there are twice as many junior 
French majors as last year. There are three Romance 
Language major students under the major plan adopted in 
193 5, which makes it possible for the department to con- 
tinue giving the first two years of Italian. Total registration 
in the department was 351 in 1941-2 (as compared with 
343 in 1940-1) and increased to 362 this fall. 

Interested as we are in improving the position of Span- 
ish we are also, every one of us, more than ever convinced 
of the enduring value of the study of French, both as a 
language widely used in diplomatic and cultured circles in 
Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, and, more par- 
ticularly, as a literature embodying many of the most 
significant artistic, literary, philosophical, political, and 
scientific contributions to world culture. We remain con- 
vinced that the real France, the France of the Fighting 
French, the France of millions of betrayed Frenchmen 
under the German heel, awaits only the arrival of United 
Nations forces on the continent of Europe to raise again 
the banner of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, and to 
resume its rightful place as a vital apostle of humanistic 
culture. 

Because of these convictions last year we reexamined 
our French offerings in the light of present conditions and 
made extensive changes. Leaving intact the high standard 
of our major requirements as revised in 1931-2 we decided 
to encourage the major student to choos-- .lore of her 
clectives outside of the department in the fields of 
social and scientific studies or in the field of the so-called 
war minors. We made radical changes in one course, slight 
changes in two others, and added five new ones, namely, 
a two-hour semester course on Racine and one on Moliere 
(Mr. Rossetti), a two-hour year course on the Nineteenth 
Century French Novel (Madame Johnson), a three-hour 
course on French Lyric Poetry from the Middle Ages to 
the present (Miss Buckham), and a one-hour course in 
French Civilization (Mr. Barker). The latter course, Land- 
marks of French Culture, which is open without prere- 
quisite to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, aims at a brief 



*Thc title of Romance Language instead of Modern Language Department came into use at Sweet Briar in 193 8 when executive matters con- 
cerning work in Gcrni.in were put in the iLinds of Miss Irene Huber. 



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but suggestive presentation of the chief characteristics of 
the outstanding periods in the development of French 
culture — Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Louis XIV, Age 
of Enlightenment, Modern Age. It is made possible by the 
generous coiiperation of members of the Departments of 
Art, History, Music, Philosophy, and Romance Languages. '■' 
The registration this year is twenty: four seniors, three 
juniors, twelve sophomores, and one freshman (by special 
permission). There is also a new course in Spanish, Spanish- 
American Literature (Mr. Mangiafico), which was elected 
both last year and this year by six students. 

For qualified French majors who wish a maximum of 
concentration in French we are continuing the Honors 
Plan of Study. Since its inauguration in French in 1931-2 
seven students have participated, Edith Railcy Dabney, 
'32, Highest Honors in French, College Honors; Virginia 
Cunningham Stovall, '3 5, High Honors in French, magna 
cum laude; Rebecca Marriner, '3 J, High Honors in 
French; Anne Spiers, '3 5, High Honors in French, magna 
cum laude; Allen Bagby, '41, Highest Honors in French, 
stimma cum laude; Edith Brainerd, '42, Honors in French; 
Elizabeth Chamberlain, '42, Honors in French, magna cum 
laude. 

The library collections in French and Spanish are being 
added to continually though it is no longer possible to 
obtain books from abroad. A fortunate purchase made in 
the fall of 1939 by the library, with the help of a grant 
from the Faculty Research Committee, was a splendidly 
preserved first edition of the Encyclopedie of Diderot in 
thirty-five folio volumes. 

Outstanding speakers are brought to the campus from 
time to time under the auspices of the department. Last 
year Pierre de Lanux, distinguished French internationalist 
and man of letters, spent two weeks at Sweet Briar as resi- 
dent lecturer, addressing many classes, various clubs, and 
of course the entire college. This year Count Serge de 
Fleury, author and diplomat, will make the campus a 
two-day visit. Speakers brought by the Lectures and Con- 
certs Committee or other agencies of the college are often 
available for special gatherings, as for example Andre 
Maurois in 1940, Juho Alvarez del Vayo, Isabel de Palencia, 
Marina and Hilda del Prado, sculptresses of BoUvia, and 
Hugo Balzo, Uruguayan pianist, in 1941 and 1942. Pan- 
American Day has been observed since 1934, and May Day 
of 193 8 consisted of a Pan-American Festival in which 
the entire community took part in costume. In 1940-1 a 
small faculty residence down the hill, temporarily vacant, 
was turned into a "Maison Frangaise" in which six students 
lived and spoke French for a year. The experiment, though 
launched on short notice, proved successful enough to 
warrant the establishment of French and Spanish Resi- 
dences if and when quarters become available. 

Space allotted to this article will not permit many 
enumerations, but readers of the Alumnae News will 
be interested to know that the following alumnae spent 
their junior year at the Sorbonne with the Delaware For- 
eign Study Group (the plan was introduced at Sweet Briar 
by Mr. Worthington in 1930): Edith Railey Dabney, '32, 



Abigail Shcpard Bean, '33, Langhorne Watts Austen, '33, 
Alison Dunne Harrison, '35, Beverley H/// Furniss,'35, Mary 
V. Marks, '3 5, Rebecca Marriner, '3 5, Marquart Powell 
Doty, '36, Barbara Jarvis, '37, Julia Kidgely Peacock, '39, 
Sarah A. Tams, '39, Julia T. "Worthington, '39, Adelaide 
Boze, '40, Jane G. Bush, '40, Margaret Doivcll Cochran, 
'40. Allen Bagby, '41, and Cynthia Harrison Drinkwater, 
'41, joined the Delaware Group of 1939 but had to return 
to Sweet Briar in the early fall after the outbreak of war. 
Many of you do not realize how much interest we take 
in what you do after graduation, or you would send the 
alumnae office more adequate details about graduate study 
or busii.ess and professional work. From a perusal of the 
entries concerning French majors since 1930 and from 
our recollection of certain other students particularly 
language-minded it would seem that not a few of you 
have done graduate work in modern languages, and not 
a few are putting your knowledge of languages to pro- 
fessional or business use. Dorothy Boyle Charles, '31, and 
Margaret Fry Williams, '31, studied at the Sorbonne in 
1931-2, Barbara Munter, '32, did so in 1932-3, Marie 
LePine, '34, in 1934-5, and Anne Spiers, '35 in the summer 
of 193 8. Anne Spiers later took her Master's degree in 
French at Teachers College, Columbia University, while 
teaching at the Dwight School, Engelwood, New Jersey. 
She is now a WAVE. Elizabeth McKae Goddard, '31, 
taught French for a time in a kindergarten on Long Island. 
Helen Sim Mellen, '31, studied German at the University 
of Munich in 1932-3. Martha von Briesen, '31, took her 
Master's in French at Radcliffe in 1933. Elena Doty Angus, 
'33, did graduate work in French and history at Columbia 
in 1934-5, and Madeleine LePine Gipson, '33, studied Span- 
ish and German there in 1933-4. Abigail Shepard Bean, '33, 
took a Master's in Romance Languages at the University 
of Cincinnati in 1937. Anne Corbitt Little, '34, spent the 
year of 1935-6 as English Assistant in the Ecole Nationale 
Professionnelle de Jeunes Filles in Bourges, France, and 
taught French and English for two years in the Suffolk 
High School, Suffolk, Virginia. Emihe Emory Washburn, 
'34, studied French at Columbia University in 1934-5 and 
at the Sorbonne in the spring of 1935. Rosemary Frey 
Rogers, '34, is in charge of the College Division of the 
Cincinnati Division of the American Book Company. 
Margaret Koss Ellice, '34, studied French and Interior 
Decorating in 1938 (place not mentioned). SaUie Flint 
von Kann, '3 5, took a Master's in French at the University 
of Illinois in 1936 and taught for a time at the French 
Lycee in New York City. Virginia Gott Gilbert, '3 5, and 
Elizabeth Klinedinst McGavran, '3 5 have made good use 
of their knowledge of languages in library work, the former 
at Sweet Briar. Rebecca Marriner, '3 5, has taught French 
in high school, and is now completing her Doctorate in 
Romance Languages at Johns Hopkins University. Beverley 
Hill Furniss, '3 5, took her Master's in French at the Uni- 
versity of Alabama. Claudia DeWolf, '3 5, completed her 
Doctorate at the University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1938, 
presenting a thesis on the treatment of death in Spanish 
literature; she is now teaching French, Latin, and History 



""'Any alumna interested in doing the reading for this course in Landmarks of French Culture is invited to write to the Alumnae Secretary or 
to Mr. Barker for a copy of the outline and bibliography. 



October, 1942 



in St. Andrew's School, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 
Also from the class of 193 5 there is Elizabeth Crawford, 
concert singer whose repertory includes songs in many 
languages. Barbara Jarvis, '37, after a course in secretarial 
school, worked with the French Air Commission and with 
the British Purchasing Commission, and is now with a 
Belgian concern in New York. Sigur Moore Whitaker, '3 8, 
was appointed to be English Assistant in a school at Pau, 
France, for 1939-40, but war prevented her going to her 
post; for a time she taught French in a school at Fort 
Worth, Texas. Adelaide Boze, '40, received her Master's 
in French from Columbia University in 1942, and is 
teaching French at Fairfax Junior College in Waynesboro, 
Virginia. Jeanne Harris, '40, is doing Hbrary work at the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Ramona 
Spiirlock Fite, '40, taught French in a public school at 
Shreveport, Louisiana, last year. Allen Bagby, '41, is now 
on the staff of Pour La Victoire, important French news- 
paper published in New York City, and Joan Meacham, 
'41, is doing translation for a New York business concern. 
Four French exchange students have been the guests of 
the college since 1930. Marcelle Doniinique Perrot, who 
was here in 1930-1, is in occupied France with her hus- 
band, an industrial engineer, and occasionally gets news 
to us through a friend in unoccupied France. Antoinette 
Leiillaiit Heslouin, who was at Sweet Briar in 1933-4, was 
living in Lyon at the outbreak of the war, but went to 
live with her family in Caen when her husband was mobi- 
lized. No word has come from her since 1940. OdileCozette 
spent the year of 193 5-6 at Sweet Briar and graduated 
with the class of 193 6. After a year of study at Mt. 
Holyoke she returned to France for further study at the 
Sorbonne. The last news about her came from her mother 
who wrote that Odile had entered a convent early in the 
spring of 1940. Our present French guest is Antoinette Le 
Bris of Paris who came over to visit friends in New York 
in the summer of 1939 and was unable to return home. 
She entered Sweet Briar as a freshman in 1941 at the 
invitation of both the college and the student body (which 
is contributing to her support) and came back this fall 
under the same auspices to enjoy the work and activities of 
sophomore year. 

THE STAFF 
Hugh S. Worthington, B.A., M.A., University of Vir- 
ginia, Professor of Romance Languages. Department 
Chairman until 1941. Honorary member of the class of 
1942. Sabbatical leave in the first semester of 1931-2 spent 
in association with the Delaware Foreign Study Group in 



France. Director of Camp Alleghany, West Virginia, where 
he spends his summers. At Sweet Briar since 1910. 

Joseph E. Barker, B.A., B.D., Yale University; A.M., 
Harvard University; Ph.D., Columbia University, Pro- 
fessor of Romance Languages. Department Chairman since 
1941. Honorary member of the classes of 1936 and 1940. 
On leave of absence during 1934-5 to serve as Director"' 
of the Delaware Foreign Study Group at the Sorbonne. 
Sabbatical leave in 193 8-9 spent in work for the Doctorate 
at Columbia University. French reader for the College 
Entrance Examination Board in summers of 1938, 1939, 
1940, 1941. Doctoral dissertation, Diderot's Treatment 
of the Christian Keligion in the Encyclopedic, published by 
the King's Crown Press in 1941 '. Has made research out- 
lines for articles on other contributors to the Encyclopedic 
to be completed when access to libraries in France is again 
possible. Now working on a critical bibliography of Buffon 
for the eighteenth century volume of A Critical Biblio- 
graphy of French Literature being published under a grant 
from the Carnegie Corporation. At Sweet Briar since 193 0. 

Cecile G. Johnson, M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 
Associate Professor of French. Honorary member of the 
class of 1931. Sabbatical leave in 1938-9 spent in study 
at the Sorbonne. Now working on doctoral dissertation, 
"Emile Faguet a travers ses oeuvres", and a dictionary 
article on Faguet for a forthcoming Dictionary of Literary 
and Dramatic Criticism. At Sweet Briar since 1926. 

Salvatore C. Mangiafico, B.S., A.M., Columbia Univer- 
sity, Associate Professor of Romance Languages. Sabbatical 
leave during first semester of 1940-1 spent in working for 
the Doctorate at Columbia University. Teaching Spanish. 
Taught Spanish at the summer school of Johns Hopkins 
University in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942. Now working on 
doctoral dissertation, "D'Annunzio in Spain ". At Sweet 
Briar since 1931. 

Laura T. Buckham, A.B., University of Vermont; A.M., 
Ph.D., Radcliffe College, Assistant Professor of Romance 
Languages. Teaching French and Spanish. Spent summer 
of 1941 in study of Spanish in Mexico City, and several 
summers at the Middlebury Spanish School. Subject of 
doctoral dissertation, "Le Sentiment de la solitude chez 
quelques poetes symbolistes." At Sweet Briar since 1936. 

John Rossetti, A.B., A.M.,New York University, Instruc- 
tor in Romance Languages. Teaching French and Italian. 
"Working on doctoral dissertation, "A Study of the Re- 
ligious Ideas of Pierre Bayle in the Dictionnaire historiqiie 
et critique." At Sweet Briar since 1937. 



*Sce article "With the Juniors in France" in th; March 1935 number of the Alumnae News. 

fRevicwcd in the /o«rn<i/ 0/ P/ji7o5o/)A>, September 11, 1941; Philosophic Abstracts; The Philosophical Reiirti, March 1942; Modern Language 
Notes, May 1942; T/}e French Rctieti; May 1942; Tl>c Modern Language Reiieu (published in England for the Modern Humanities Research 
Association), April 1942; The Reiieu of Religion, May 1942. 



Aluiintac Neu'i 



Administrative Appointments 



MR. DON C. WHEATON, Treasurer 

Following the resignation of Mr. Dew, treasurer of the 
college from 1906 until last June, Mr. Wheaton was ap- 
pointed to that office by the Board of Directors. Mr. 
Wheaton, who assumed his duties in mid-August, is a 
graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, where he was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has been a trustee of Kenyon 
for many years, during the last eight of which he has been 
chaiman of the committee on investments. For twenty 
years Mr. Wheaton was associated with Harris, Forbes and 
Company and Chase Harris Forbes Corporation, both of 
New York City, serving as a partner of the former firm 
for five years and as vice-president of the latter after the 
consolidation in 1931. Mr. and Mrs. Wheaton and their 
two daughters, Jane and Anne are living in the home built 
by Mr. James Russell Abbitt. 



MISS MARTHA VON BRIESEN 
Director of Public Relations 

Martha von Briesen, A.B. Sweet Briar, A.M. Radcliffe, 
succeeds Miss Margaret Banister as director of Public Re- 
lations. Martha was elected president of the Alumnae 
Association for 1942-1944; from 1934 through 1938, she 
was publicity chairman of the Alumnae Fund. Her ex- 
perience since college as a newspaper reporter in Milwaukee 
and for two years editor of a twenty page monthly maga- 
zine provides her an excellent background for her work 
in the Public Relations office. Alumnae will recall with 
pleasure her articles in past issues of the Alumnae News 
first perhaps in connection with the Alumnae Fund. In 
December, 1936 she wrote "European Motoring Made 
Easy" and the next year "The Library and How It Grew". 
Last year, she tackled and successfully summarized in a 
vivid way the questionnaires sent to all graduates in 1941, 
the title "Given — Facts and Figures". 

MISS JANET AGNEW, Librarian 

Miss Janet Agnew, the new librarian, is successor to 
Miss Lomer, who resigned last June. For the past three 
years, Miss Agnew has been an instructor in the Library 
School of Louisiana State University and she served in a 
similar capacity at McGill for five years. For three years 
she was a stafF member of the Redpath Library. Miss 
Agnew holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University 
of Manitoba. 

MRS. LILL, Member of WAVES 

Mrs. Lill, Registrar of Sweet Briar since 1928, accepted 
appointment as a lieutenant in the Women's Naval Reserve 




Lifutauiiit Lili 



and was assigned to the selection board which considers 
applications of Virginia and West Virginia women for 
commissions as officer-candidates in the Women's Naval 
Reserve. 

During the last war she served as personnel director and 
office manager of the British War Mission. 

Applicants for the WAVES in this area take tests at the 
Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. They are given 
aptitude tests and physical examinations as demanding as 
those given to male candidates. 



MISS JEANETTE BOONE 
Registrar "for the Duration" 

Jeanette Boone, '27 who has ably fulfilled the duties of 
the Registrar in Mrs. Lill's two previous leaves of absence 
from the college, has been appointed to that post for the 
duration. In this capacity, she becomes chairman of the 
Committee on Admission and a member of the Committee 
on Advanced Standing. Miss Frances TurnbuU, a Vassar 
graduate who assisted in the office of the registrar during 
Mrs. Lill's absence last year, has resumed that position. 



October, 1942 



Sweet Briar Begins the 37th Session 



By Jeanette Boone 




The Orictitatiott Committee Welcomes the Freshvtett 



"Thursday, September 17, 1942 — Opening Convoca- 
tion, 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel", and Sweet Briar College 
opened its 37th regular session. The total enrollment for 
the year 1942-1943 is 452; 434 in dormitories, 7 at Box- 
wood Inn, 2 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mangiafico, and 
12 day students hving at home. There are 279 old students 
and 173 new students. 

This student body comes from 3 5 states and 5 foreign 
countries distributed as follows: 

268 students from Southern states 



100 students from North Eastern states ^ 
74 students from North Central states \ 



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4 students from Western states 
6 students from foreign countries 

We are happy to count among our students one Chinese 
girl, who is with us for the third year, and one French 
student, who is now living with friends in this country, is 
a sophomore. Both of these girls have made valuable con- 
tributions to our community life. Among our new students 
we welcome this fall two girls from the British Isles, one 
from England and one from Scotland. Both are living 
in this country, and both have had two years of preparatory 
work in the United States. 

While Sweet Briar held its opening Convocation on 
Thursday, September 17 it was not the beginning of col- 



lege to the 173 new students. A steady program of events 
began for them at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, so 
that by Thursday they felt that they had seen "hard 
service" and were truly members of a busy Sweet Briar 
community. The Program of Opening Days arranged by 
the College and the Orientation Committee of the Student 
Government consists largely of a series of tests, conferences 
and picnics, and is designed to acquaint new students with 
the College and to find out their interests and special abil- 
ities in an endeavor to arrange the best class schedule for 
each. 

The 173 new students who matriculated in 1942 were 
accepted for admission from 427 applicants. Last year 
Sweet Briar accepted a little over 31' i of its applicants; 
this year about 40' f. This drop in applications is to be 
expected in these times. But it is time also for us to take 
account of stock and to appreciate all over again the 
privilege that is ours to have had or to be obtaining a 
college education. In this war one is constantly impressed 
bv the almost universal demand for college-trained men 
and women. One Government department after another, 
one war and essential industry after another call to service 
the college graduates of our country. 

The Committee on Admission, charged with the duty of 
selecting the students who present the strongest and most 
desirable credentials, is composed of ten members of the 



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Faculty. Its meetings begin in October and continue 
steadily through May. The whole Committee meets once 
or twice each month during the year to consider matters 
of policy regarding the admission of candidates, exceptions 
to the recommended pattern of entrance units published 
in the catalogue, and to consider irregular units not listed 
in the catalogue among the usual electives. Throughout 
the second semester the Committee meets in small groups 
to consider individually each applicant who has completed 
her entrance credentials. These meetings of the small groups 
are held at least once a week — sometimes more often — 
for the purpose of selecting the students whose preparation 
seems best suited to the successful accomplishment of 
college work as it is geared at Sweet Briar. 

During recent years there has been a steady increase in 
the number of new students admitted from Southern 
states. In 1942 64% come from the South as compared 
with 60% in 1941 and J0% in 1940. Virginia leads the 
states with 29. North Carolina is second with 18, Florida 
third with 13. (The largest number previously admitted 
from Florida in any year for which we have these figures 
was four in 1939). Georgia and Texas tie for fourth place. 

121 different institutions sent us these 173 students. 59 
are public high schools, 52 are private secondary schools, 
10 are junior colleges, liberal arts colleges and universities. 
42% of the students entered from public schools, 51% 
from private schools and the remainder entered from in- 
stitutions of higher learning. 93% of our new students 
were admitted by certificate or by examinations, the re- 
maineder were admitted by transfer from other colleges 
and universities, or by the Progressive Educational Asso- 
ciation Plan.''' Of the class entering in 1942, 57% were 
admitted by certificate, 36% were admitted by examina- 
tions; the largest number of these offered April examina- 
tions of the College Entrance Examination Board. This is 
6% more than were admitted by examination in 1941. 
Candidates are considered for admission on certificate if 
they have made strong records in accredited schools, and 
acceptable score on a scholastic aptitude test, and are rec- 
ommended by their schools for scholarship and character. 
In general they should rank in the highest quarter of their 
class. With the approval of the Committee on Admission 
candidates may take examinations to supplement the cer- 
tificate. April College Board examinations are required 
for all competitive freshman scholarship applicants. 

It is a difficult and important task to arrange the study 
programs of the new students so that a certain amount of 
homogeniety will prevail in the classes. That is one reason 
so many tests are given during the first three days. From 
the results of these tests and conference, and from the 
letters and recommendation we ask each apphcant to send 
us before admission, certain abilities and interests are dis- 
covered, and schedules are arranged accordingly in so far 
as is possible. For example, the French Placement Test 
pointed out about six freshmen who should enter advanced 
French courses in college, and at the other end of the 
scale the test detected about eight students who should 



enter less advanced courses if they planned to continue the 
study of French at Sweet Briar. This early warning about 
weaknesses in French preparation prevents many failures 
in the freshman year. Similar opportunities are offered in 
German and Spanish. Sweet Briar uses the tests of the 
Cooperative Test Service in French, German and Spanish. 
Those in charge of advising new students about language 
courses have found the tests most valuable. 

The Department of English offers an opportunity to 
gain exemption from Freshman Composition. This year 
four freshmen are exempted and are continuing their study 
of English at an advanced level. A similar opportunity is 
offered in Music, and three freshmen are excused from 
Elementary Theory and Ear Training, and are now enrolled 
in Counterpoint. Our experience in the use of Achieve- 
ment Tests is of such great value that the expenditure of 
time and effort (at a time when both are at a premium.) 
is well repaid. Students whose preparation or aptitude in 
certain fields has been superior to the average are thus 
allowed to enter classes at an advanced level, classes in 
which they will meet the stimulation and challenge that 
would be lacking for them in less advanced courses. 

It is interesting to follow the "trend of the times" in its 
effect on problems centering around college admission. 
To illustrate: we find a decreasing number of students 
who offer four units of French. At the same time an in- 
creasing number have had Spanish in preparatory school. 
In this same connection the Committee on Admission has 
been asked to approve units in Spanish-American and 
Latin-American History by three different schools. We 
have been asked to accept a course in Russian culture for 
admission. We have just received a letter from a group of 
schools centered around one of our large metropolitan dis- 
tricts, asking the right to substitute war-time courses for 
some of the courses that have been set up as admission 
requirements. These war-time courses cover such varied 
subject matter as Nutrition, Home Nursing, First Aid and 
Child Care, Agriculture, Mechanical Drawing, Welding 
and Fundamentals of Shopwork and many others. 

The general impetus given to the study of mathematics 
and sciences by the innumerable pleas for men and women 
trained in these subjects is already reflected in the pattern 
of entrance units presented by this year's freshmen. Three 
units of mathematics is recommended for admission to 
Sweet Briar, so it follows that the large number of our 
students present three units, but the number presenting 
four units has doubled this year over last year. 

It is interesting also to trace this ""trend of the times" and 
see how it affects the course election of Sweet Briar stu- 
dents. Last year and again this year elections in Spanish 
have gone way up. Elementary Spanish doubled in 1941, 
and continues at this high level. This year registration in 
the second year course, '"Introduction to Spanish Litera- 
ture" has more than doubled. Following this awakened in- 
terest in the study of the Spanish language and all things 
Spanish, especially as it concerns Spanish-American hfe 
(Conthuied on nexi page) 



*Sweet Briar has been cooperating with a selected group of schools in an experiment sponsored by the Progressive Education Association. We 
have admitted a relatively small number of students under this Plan each year since 193 6, in all 3 1 students. The experiment will terminate 
with the class entering in 1943. 



October, 1942 



11 



On Campus 

By Phyllis Tenney, '44 



THIS year hasn't seemed any different from others in 
the very familiar things which always seem to make 
the first few weeks a hectic, uncoordinated bedlam; you 
know what we have in mind: the first stepsinging with 
the excitement of announcements and the warm feeling 
that comes from seeing all four classes in their places and 
hearing the old songs again, the new songs for the first 
time, moving day with its accompanying confusion and 
lost bureau drawers, the initial appearance of the freshman 
aprons, the unceasing and mysterious goings-on of the 
Tau Phis and Chung Mungs. Yes, it's all been the same 
and it's all been wonderful. 

This long Christmas vacation — have you heard? A re- 
cent convocation in which Miss Glass announced that this 
year would bring a Christmas vacation lasting from De- 
cember 16th to January 18th has created a lot of talk. 

Instead of anticipating a long pull from January 
16th until Commencement on June 15th, people seem to 
be getting ready to sit back and appreciate the famous 
Sweet Briar springs. A wonderful attitude is one we hap- 
pened upon the other day. Someone remarked, "This will 
probably be the last time many of us will all be together 
in one place for the duration. It is a time when we should 
strengthen our friendships and our feeling of belonging 
to each other and to Sweet Briar — strengthen them enough 
to last long after this spring is over." 

There is much emphasis on helping in the war effort. No 
one wants to feel that being here in this peaceful spot 
means we are not doing everything possible. The Emerg- 
ency Service Committee of last year is under way as the 
War Service Committee under the able chairmanship of 
Dr. Short. 

We have had the scrap drive; a Red Cross work room 
is open and faculty and students are assisting with the 
county quota of surgical dressings under the direction of 
Mrs. Barker; conservation of electricity and heat will be 
carried on with charts of last year's unit consumption 
before us and a campaign to better that record. We 
have heard a lot about the departmental clubs plans for 
more active participation and rumor is that they will be 
remodeled so as to fit their programs to that of the War 



Commit- 



Service 
tee. 

Bringing the 
war right up to 
the Sweet Briar 
cupola is the fact 
that we've lost 
three popular fac- 
ulty members — 
Dr. Cameron, Dr. 
Wengert, and Mr. 
Finch — to the 
Government 
(though they have 
been replaced by 
others just as wel- 
come.) Never to 
be forgotten, 
though, is the sight 
we had in the 
post office the 
other day. Cecil 
was there, the 
same beaming 
Cecil, but this 
time in full sail- 
or's regalia. 

We haven't been here very many Friday nights but 
already there has been a two piano concert given by Bart- 
lett and Robinson and a lecture by Mr. Jay Allen, the well 
known journalist. The latter who spoke to a full audience 
on October 9th has been the cause of heated discussion 
and argument ever since. A fascinating and brilliant per- 
sonality, Mr. Allen gave a lecture which will be long 
remembered. 

We're thinking of organizing a club these days for all 
Sweet Briarites for whom matrimony still lies ahead. In 
other words so many wedding rings are in evidence — what 
with Posy Hazard Danforth, Peggy Roudin Rubenssohn, 
Barbara McNeill Blessing, Valerie Jones Materne, and 
Scotty Simmons McConnell — that the rest of us have to 
band together in defense. 




Cecil on Furlough. He /ells the Navy that 

he "was at Sweet Briar four years and each 

one better than the last'." 



and culture, a new course was introduced by Mr. Mangia- 
fico in 1941: "Spanish-American Literature". Again this 
year it is a popular Spanish course. Two new courses are 
offered in History, one entitled: "Studies in Spanish His- 
tory" is given by Mrs. Raymond this semester, and the 
second, a year course, "Nations of Latin-America" is given 
by Miss Dorothy Dillon. 

In 1941 elections in French courses decreased about 2J%. 
The 1942 registration is just about at the same level. The 
Department of Romance Language is offering a new course 
this year designed to study the periods of outstanding 
French culture. 

Registration in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics has 
increased significantly. It is also interesting to note the 
increased popularity of courses in Religion. 



Recognizing the fact that we are in a war demanding 
an "all-out" effort of boys and girls as well as older men 
and women, an opportunity has been given students to 
obtain special skills, such as typing, stenography, mechan- 
ical drawing and elementary technique, in extra-curricular 
courses sponsored by the Committee on Personnel. But over 
and above the need to train girls to carry out these specific 
tasks demanded on the mihtary and home fronts, liberal 
arts colleges hold before them the need for women trained 
to possess "an intelligent understanding of the world today, 
and an ability to evaluate knowledge and to use it". 
These have long been considered important objectives of 
the college, and Sweet Briar's courses and teaching 
methods have been developed in an effort to produce these 
results. 



12 



Alumnae Netcs 



Scotts Return After Fifteen Months in Brazil 



BRAZIL'S declaration of war against the Axis was of 
great personal concern to Dr. Ewing C. Scott, his 
wife and their three children. 

Dr Scott was two days out of Brazil flying back to the 
United States with his six year old son, Peter, when the 
news of Brazil's declaration reached him. Mrs. Scott and 
their two daughters, Dorothy and Betty Ruth, were still 
in the South American country, waiting until they could 
get seats on northbound planes. Fortunately, they were 
able to get passage in a few days' time, and the family 
was reunited at Sweet Briar about two weeks after they 
had separated in Belen, Para, Brazil. 

Originally they had planned to return the entire distance 
by sea, but the step-up in submarine sinkings of Brazilian 
vessels led them to change their plans. The ship which 
sailed imm.ediately after the one on which they had jour- 
neyed as far as Belen was one of those sunk. 

Dr Scott said he was of the opinion that about 95 9( 
of the Brazilians were in favor of the declaration of war 
against the Axis. Although the sporadic riots against Ger- 
man and Italian-owned shops during the past few months 
were not approved of, they undoubtedly met with popular 
sympathy. 

When they left Sweet Briar in June, 1941, the Scotts 
sailed for Rio de Janeiro, where they made their headquart- 
ers throughout their stay. 

"Rio is incredibly spectacular," said Dr. Scott. "You 
can't believe it even when you are looking at it. Archi- 
tecturally, it is ornate and comfortless." 

Although the house which they rented had a gas stove 
and they were able to rent an electric refrigerator, as in 
all Brazilian houses there was no provision for heating of 
any kind. The winter temperature was often as low as 5 5 
degrees, and the house was so cold that at times the entire 
family gathered in the kitchen, around the stove, and 
when they went to bed they used hot water bottles and 
a heated electric iron to warm their feet. 

"We had Brazilian style meals," Dr. Scott continued, 
"because we couldn't afford to eat American foods, which 
were very expensive there. Black beans and rice are the 
staples of Brazilian diet and they appear on every table 
twice daily. Lots of beef and some kid are meats 
obtainable." 

"The Portuguese vocabulary," he explained, "has no 
word for breakfast. Small wonder, too, because what the 
natives eat upon rising could scarcely qualify as a meal. 
They drink coffee with lots of hot milk and eat tough, 
continental-type rolls. Oranges are very cheap and after 
we were able to find an orange squeezer, our cook made 
a liter of orange juice for us every morning. After that 
we found breakfast far more to our liking." 

Dr. Scott, who was on sabbatical leave, went to South 
America primarily for a rest, and although he spent a good 
deal of time writing a chemistry textbook, he was able to 



take several long trips and many short ones. Mrs. Scott, 
who has made quite a reputation for herself as a painter, 
also found time to indulge in that interest, and she has 
brought back about twenty South American canvases. Mrs. 
Scott's paintings were exhibited in a one man show at the 
Museu Nacional de Bellos Artes in Rio de Janeiro. 

Because they had taken their car with them, the entire 
family was able to journey from Rio to Montivideo and 
back, a distance of 4,600 miles, some of them in northern 
Uruguay over almost impassable roads. They spent the 
last month of the summer vacation, February and early 
March, making the trip. 

In September Dr. and Mrs. Scott took a 5,000 mile 
journey, going by train across the state of Matto Grosso 
to the Bolivian frontier, then by steam launch down the 
Paraguay river to Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. From 
there they flew to the Falls of the Iguassu, which are ap- 
proximately twice as high and extensive as Niagara anJ 
a spectacular sight. 

The Scott children attended the Escola Americana, which 
is used by all Americans and by the children of most of 
the foreign diplomats in Rio. The schools of Brazil open 
their year in March to correspond with the seasons as do 
the schools in our country, but the Escola Americana is 
an exception to this rule. It is articulated with schools in 
the northern continent. The first semester begins late in 
June, which is the middle of winter, thus enabling those 
pupils who have attended North American schools to re- 
turn in time for the opening of the new term. The long 
vacation follows the close of the first semester and is in 
turn followed by the second semester, which ends only 
a few days before the first term opens in June. The Escola 
Americana is one of the few remaining schools where classes 
are conducted in other than the Portuguese tongue. It is 
permitted to do so in spite of the Brazilian decree issued 
some time ago forbidding the use of a foreign language 
in any school except in the specific classes where that 
language or literature is the subject. 

Dr. Scott said they were all impressed by the friendhness 
and courtesy of the Brazilians towards them. They in turn 
liked the Brazilians very much, and they feel that most of 
the natives of that country are fond of America and of 
Americans. Although it is customary to warn travelers 
from the United States to refer to themselves as North 
Americans because some of the South Americans resent 
not being included in the term, 'American', this is not the 
case in Brazil, according to the Scotts' experiences. Per- 
haps because Brazil is as large as the United States its 
people have no feeling of inferiority and are not insulted 
when a native of this country calls himself an American. 
To them, the designation 'America' means the United 
States, as it does to us. 

Without exception, all the Brazilians who had been in 
this country pleased them by saying they could never 
begin to repay the many kindnesses and the hospitality 
which had been extended to them in the United States. 



October, 1942 



13 



Ralph Adams Cram 



THE death of Ralph Adams Cram brings a distinc: 
loss to Sweet Briar. Mr. Cram of Sudbury, Massa- 
chusetts, died September twenty-second in Boston. An 
authority on Gothic architecture, he was considered one 
of the world's foremost architects. He re-designed the 
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and he 
designed the buildings at the United States Militar)' 
Academy at West Point, Princeton University, Rice 
Institute in Texas, the college buildings of Sweet Briar. 

To Sweet Briar students and alumnae Mr. Cram is best 
known for his basic plans and complete design for the 
buildings of the college. He spent many days on campus 
and made the Founders' Day address in 192 9. 

Mr. Cram was in Italy when the firm was working on 
the plans for the library. A plan was adopted which was 
only half-way satisfactory. In a conversation with Miss 



Glass in Boston, Mr. Cram declared, "I don't like this 
library. Let's throw it away." Miss Glass agreed, "I never 
have liked it. You can throw it as far as you please." 
Perched on high stools before the drawing board, Mr. Cram 
with Miss Glass' approval sketched roughly the present 
library. The red background of the shelves in the browsing 
room is a direct copy of Mr. Cram's own library. 

A location for a future enlarged Boxwood Inn has been 
selected by Mr. Cram and Elijah's Road was developed as 
a residential district under his guidance. He greatly desired 
to build the chapel for which a beautiful design is complete 
and we regret that his plans could not have been completed 
in his lifetime. 

Though he was interested principally in Gothic Archi- 
tecture, Mr. Cram was particularly fond of the Georgian 
buildings at Sweet Briar. 



Alumnae in the News 



Margaret Banister, '16, who served in the Ordnance 
department of the War department in 1918-1919, has been 
called to serve again in a new capacity. She is the Organiz- 
ation Director of the Women's Interest Section for the 
Bureau of Public Relations of the United States 
Army. 

HildegarJc Flaiiiicr, ex '21, received excellent notice of 
her poetry in the New York Times book review of August 
twenty-third. "It is a small verse that one takes great 
pleasure in. Fastidious rather than formidable, it carries its 
weight in quiet, beautifully articulated statements of pri- 
vate experience. The American scene is described in pleas- 
ant, intimate terms." 

Charlotte Anderson, ex '22, formerly chief technician 
in the physio-therapy department of the James Whitcomb 
Riley hospital for children is now with the Indiana Base 
Hospital Unit in foreign service. 

Eleanor Sikcs Peters, ex '24, was guest artist recently at 
the Fort Wayne Indiana college club, branch of the 
A.A.U.W. "Contrasting Portraits", a program of story 
and drama was the presentation. After her undergraduate 
days at Sweet Briar, Eleanor Sikes continued her study at 
the University of Wisconsin and in New York dramatic 
studios. 

Adaline Beeson, '2 8, — quoting the Cleveland Plain Dealer 
is "typical of the women students in the present class of 
the aircraft inspector training school in Akron, Ohio, 
department of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. The 
students are all handpicked first by officials of the Good- 
year Aircraft Corporation. Qualifications for the inspectors 
call for diplomacy, tactfulness and a pleasing personality." 



Marjorie Mondell Landa, ex '28, has taken over a man's 
job in the sheetmetal shop of the Pennsylvania Central 
Airlines at the National Airport in Los Angeles. 

Kafherine Perry Darfeld has been appointed Director of 
the Potter County Tuberculosis Committee with an office 
in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. "The selection of Mrs. Dar- 
feld to direct this important health work is in line with the 
decision of the committee to carry on a stronger program 
of tuberculosis prevention and health promotion." 

Martha Lee Poston, '30, has written a new book, "The 
Monkey Spirit". It is based on Chinese folk-lore. The Rich- 
mond News Leader carried the announcement of its publi- 
cation during this summer. 

Mary G. Krone, ex '34, vice-president of the Association 
of New York State Young Republican clubs, is co-chair- 
man of the committee working in the interests of the Re- 
publican candidate for Representative-at-large. Mary has 
also been active in war relief work in Westchester County. 

Mary Marks, '3 5, appointed in July the supervisor of 
Civilian defense for Virginia, has made addresses in Roa- 
noke, Amherst, Norfolk and at Westhampton College in 
Richmond. 

Isabel Olmstead Hayttes, '37, appeared, with other young 
people who are holding important jobs due to the war 
emergency, in a recent issue of Vogue. At twenty-seven 
"she is publicity supervisor at the advertising agency where 
she worked as a file clerk before the war time fluidity of 
business sent her career skidding ahead. She became assistant 
to the publicity manager. This year he was drafted. Another 
man went into war work. She took over the work of both, 
combined in one jammed-full job." 



14 



Alumnae News 



From the ^y[dmi?iistrative Cale?idar 



"Vacation plans" were not long a part of President 
Glass" calendar last summer. Trips oft campus for Miss 
Glass were usually in the line of duty as speaker and com- 
mittee member. In August, she was one of seven speakers 
who formed a symposium on higher education at the 
National Institute on Education and War at American 
University in Washington. Following closely upon this 
meeting Miss Glass went to Northampton to attend a 
meeting of the Advisory Council of Educators to the 
Navy department. The council assisted in formulating 
training course plans for the Women's Naval Reserve 
School which opened at Smith College on October sixth. 
On October fourth, Miss Glass represented Sweet Briar 
College and the American Association of University 
Women at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the 



Woman's College of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dean Lyman with Dr. Lyman attended the third annual 
Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion and the 
Democratic Way of Life at the Men's Faculty club of 
Columbia University. Many scholars and representatives 
of the principal religious organizations of this country 
met in this five day conference, the purpose of which was 
to discuss means to safeguard democracy in the United 
States by unifying our culture under a democratic phi- 
losophy. 

On October eighteenth, Mrs. Lyman conducted the 
service at the Unitarian Church in Lynchburg; November 
fifth Mrs. Lyman, who is serving her fifth year as an 
alumna trustee, will attend the Trustees meeting at Mount 
Holyoke College. 



Department and Faculty News 



AKT 



The department of Art was host last spring to the 
Southeast Regional conference of the College Art Associa- 
tion. Miss Robinson organized the conference, arranged 
its first program and made an address of welcome. Two 
members of the department presented papers. Mr. Lin- 
forth's subject was "The Place of Studio Practice in the 
College Curriculum". Mr. De Rocco's paper entitled, "An 
Appeal to College Art Teachers", was a revivifying of the 
aphorism "art begins at home", emphasizing the contribu- 
tions an art teacher can make to personal attitudes toward 
what is artistic in our lives and surroundings at college. 

Mr. De Rocco spent a large part of the summer on an 
oil painting entitled, "Prayer". In June he completed a 
book, as yet unpublished. 

Mr. Linforth spent a very busy summer and continues 
to be actively engaged as Price Adviser to the Amherst 
County War Price and Rationing Board and is now a 
member of the Board. 

CHEM/STRY 

Mr. Scott has returned from a year's leave of absence 
which was spent in Brazil with his family. (Interesting 
details of the South American sojourn will be found on 
page 12 — Editor.) 

Miss Thylhs Williams, acting head of the department 
during Mr. Scott's absence, has resigned to accept a posi- 
tion as research librarian at Universal Oil Products Com- 
pany, Chicago, a petroleum research firm. 

Mrs. Scott and Katherine Steil, a junior, are assistants in 
the department this year. 

ENGLISH 

Recent changes in the department of Enghsh include 
three new members of the department, four new courses, 
and comprehensive examinations for students majoring in 
English. 

For years the department has advocated comprehensive 
examinations. In May, 1940, examinations were held for 
the first time in Enghsh and in Philosophy, Psychology 



and Education, the only two departments willing to insti- 
tute the plan. At the end of the sophomore year students 
begin work on a reading list which with the work studied 
in English courses and an advanced survey of English 
Literature for seniors, forms the basis of the comprehensive 
examinations held in the spring of the senior year. The 
examinations are calculated to test the students' knowledge, 
appreciation and critical insight and to encourage integra- 
tion of their English studies. 

Mr. Connor, Miss Long, Miss Stochholm and Miss Ramage 
continue in the department but there have also been 
changes in the personnel. Mr. Raymond Short has succeeded 
Mr. Bennett, now a member of the staff of Olivet College. 
Miss Mary Louise Pettis has followed Mrs. Elizabeth Jack- 
son, who is working towards her Ph.D. at the University 
of Virginia. Miss Lisa Rauschenbusch has taken over the 
work of Mr. J. E. Michael, who first went to WiUiams 
College and has since joined the Navy. 

Mr. Short has the degrees of A.M. and Ph.D. from 
Cornell University where he taught for six years. Later he 
became a member of the Yale faculty. At Sweet Briar he 
is equally successful in the tutorial groups of the Honors 
Plan of Study and in his popular lecture course in Modern 
Poetry. His scholarship is indicated by his partially com- 
pleted work on a life of Lucy, Countess of Bedford; his 
executive ability in his appointment to the chairmanship 
of the faculty Committee on War Service. 

Miss Mary Louise Pettis, whose father is Professor of 
Physics and Geology at Wofford College and who came 
to Sweet Briar from Limestone College, has bachelor and 
master's degrees from Goucher College and the University 
of North Carolina and has studied at the Breadloaf School 
of Enghsh. Miss Pettis has discrimination and enthusiasm 
and her very real concern with the art of writing and 
criticism is transmitted to her students. 

Miss Rauschenbusch, member of a distinguished family 
of writers and educators, is a graduate of Cornell Uni- 
versity at which institution she is well on the way to the 
Ph.D. degree. Miss Rauschenbusch's interest in the theatre 
is both scholarly and practical. 



October, 1942 



IS 



She has appeared upon the New York stage and she took 
time this summer from her dissertation on the Aesthetics 
of the Theatre to take the lead in Noel Coward's Private 
Lives. Her theatre and radio experience together with a gift 
of leadership has made the Paint and Patches productions 
achievements in education and enjoyment. She has con- 
tinued the plan of recordings, courses and clinical assistance 
for students in Speech. 

Two new courses have been offered by Miss Rauschen- 
busch — Theatre Preseiitafioir. Theories and Practices, a 
study of the relationship of the written play to its presenta- 
tion on the stage; and Dramatic Criticism and Playwriting 
in which plays are written after a study of dramatic theory. 

Miss Ethel Ramage has offered Social Trends in English 
Literature, a timely study of the reflection in English liter- 
ature of social changes such as the rise of the middle class 
and the Industrial Revolution. Miss Ramage's doctoral 
dissertation at the University of Wisconsin on Chartism 
indicates her interest and equipment for such a course. 

Mr. Short's new course, Introduction to Literary Criti- 
cism, was so successful at Yale that he is offering it here. 
Various literary forms, not always English are examined 
in the light of principles laid down by critics from Plato 
to the present time. 

GREEK AND LATIN 

The registration in Greek has doubled this year with 
twenty-three students in the beginning class alone. Latin 
meanwhile is holding its own. 

Miss Malz has written an article which is to appear soon 
in Byzantion, a publication formerly printed in Paris and 
now being continued in this country in an American 
series under its editor, the distinguished Belgian scholar, 
Henri Gregoire. The title of her article is "The Date of 
Justinian's Edict 13". 

MATHEMATICS 

During her sabbatical leave in 1941-1942 Miss Morenus 
studied Differential Geometry at the University of Cali- 
fornia. 

Miss Cole was acting head of the department in 1941- 
1942 and she was assisted by Kathleen Ward '40, who had 
done graduate work at the University of Buffalo during 
the previous year. Kathleen is a granddaughter of Mrs. 
Walker, whom many alumnae remember with affection. 

At a meeting of the Mathematical Society at Vassar 
College in September, Miss Morenus and Miss Cole saw 
Julia Bower, now acting head of Mathematics at Connecti- 
cut College for Women. Since leaving Sweet Briar, Miss 
Bower obtained her doctor's degree at Chicago University. 

The enrollment in mathematics has increased, both 
among freshmen and major students following the tend- 
ency at this time to emphasize the exact sciences. A new 
course. Statistics, which is proving useful is taught by 
Miss Cole. 

MUSIC 

Miss Agnes K. McLean will carry on the work of Mr. 
Pinch who is on leave for the duration. Miss McLean 
holds the Master of Music degree from the Westminster 



Choir College and the Master of Sacred Music degree from 
Union Theological Seminary. Her study includes work in 
voice, piano, organ, composition and conducting. 

Miss Susanna McCreath, graduate of Vassar, takes the 
place of Miss Umbreit, who has been granted a leave of 
absence to continue her study in New York. Miss 
McCreath, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from 
Yale, has spent the last two years there as a teaching 
fellow. 

PHYSICS 

Mr. Edwards spent the past summer teaching elementary 
physics and mathematics to ground school classes in con- 
nection with the Civilian Pilot Training course given by 
Lynchburg College cooperating with the Preston Glenn 
airfield. At the same time he taught one class in physics 
in the Lynchburg College summer school in connection 
with their acceleration program. During the spring and 
summer months, always an ardent gardener, Mr. Edwards 
took part in the Victory garden program by raising more 
food than usual on his own acres and by checking on what 
his neighbors were doing in the same line. 

DIVISION OF SOCIAL STUDIES 

In 1941-1942, the departments of history and govern- 
ment, economics and sociology were incorporated into a 
new division of Social Studies.* It is hoped that the divi- 
sional plan will allow for closer cooperation in the four 
nelds, while at the same time students may emphasize 
anyone of the fields in the major. Several members of the 
staff are teaching courses in more than one sub-division. 
This is true of the three new members of the staff — ^Miss 
Dillon teaches both history and economics, Mr. Eyre, 
history and government, and Mr. Rohrlich, economics and 
government. Miss Gladys Boone acted as chairman of the 
group of the faculty which planned for the new Division 
of Social Studies. 

Two new courses have been added to the History offer- 
ings: a two semester course on Nations of Latin America, 
and a one semester course. Studies in Spanish History. To 
increase enrollment in courses on the history of the United 
States of America, the survey course on the sophomore 
level has been divided into two one semester courses, the 
break being made at the year 1865. 

The general subject under which topics will be reported 
on in this year's major in International Affairs is "The 
Diplomatic Background of Areas in the Present World 
War." Relatively small areas such as the Dutch East 
Indies, Madagascar, the Aleutian Islands, Malta, and St. 
Pierre and Miquelon will be considered subjects appropriate 
for discussion. 

Miss Dorothy Dillon, a new member of the Social Studies 
Division, is a graduate of Hunter College with a Master's 
degree from Columbia. Since 1940 she has been a research 
assistant and a substitute teacher of history at Hunter. 
This summer Miss Dillon was engaged in a Latin American 
project sponsored by the office of the Coordinator of Inter- 
American Affairs at the Lincoln School in New York. 

Mr. George F. Rohrlich, a research fellow at the Brook- 
ings Institution, came to Sweet Briar this year as an in- 



16 



Alitnniac Neifs 



structor in the Division of Social Studies. Holder of a J.D. 
degree from the University of Vienna, 1937, and of a 
diploma for postgraduate study at the Consular academy 
of Vienna in 193 8, Mr. Rohrlich came to Harvard on a 
Harvard refugee scholarship in 1939. He was there 
working towards his Ph.D. received in 1941 in political 
economy and government. Since that time he has held 
several research assistantships in this country in addition 
to his work at Brookings. 

Mr. James K. Eyre, Jr., another new member of the 
Social Studies Division, received his A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. 
degrees from the University of Michigan, having done his 
major work in political science. While at Michigan, Mr. 
Eyre served for three years as assistant in the department 
of Political Science and as research assistant to Professor 
Haydn. During two summers he held the Fellowship of 
the Institute of Far Eastern Studies and was research student 
at- Harvard. During the fall of 1940, Mr. Eyre worked 
with the American Institute of Public Opinion and for 
eighteen months thereafter he held a post with the Library 
of Congress doing research in government and interna- 
tional affairs for Congressmen, their staffs and war agencies. 

There is scarcely a course in Sociology that has not felt 
the impact of the war situation and that has not had 
some change of emphasis as a result; for example, in Social 
Psychology more attention is given than formerly to 
propaganda techniques. 

Mrs. Wailes' course in The Family has proved so popular 
with the seniors that two sections are now given — one for 
seniors who have had no sociology previously and a more 
advanced section for students who have had Introductory 
Sociology. 

Miss Beard is offering a new course in Delinquency and 
Crime, a field in which she has done much research. 

The beginning sociology class is being given in two 
separate parts — the first semester, Introduction, and the 
second semester. Social Problejns. The introduction to soci- 
ology is now prerequisite to most courses in sociology, giv- 
ing a better sequence than formerly. 

Mrs. Wailes has resumed her classes after a year's sab- 
batical leave which she spent in doing research work for 
her doctoral dissertation in the field of population study. 
In order to assist with this study the Virginia State Plan- 
ning Board made her a research grant. As many other 
faculty members, she was the recipient also of a grant by 
the Sweet Briar Committee on Faculty Research to be used 
for necessary research materials. These later become the 
property of the college library. 

Extra-curricular activities of the members of the 
Division of Social Studies present a wide and varied range. 

In March, 1942, Miss Boone published The Women's 
Trade Union Leagues in Great Britain and the U. S. A. one 
of the Colum.bia Studies in history, economics and public 
law. Recently she collaborated on the revision of the article 
on Great Britain, for reprinting in the Encyclopedia Britan- 
nica. During the summer Miss Boone attended the Writers' 
Conference at Breadloaf, Vermont. She later visited Miss 
Lomer in Canada and at the same time collected material 
from the International Labor Office in Montreal. 

During the past academic year Mrs. Raymond delivered 
lectures before two state chapters of the American Asso- 



ciation of University Women. At the Staunton meeting 
her subject was "Writing for Non Profit" and in Rich- 
mond, "Clio and her sister Muses." The September issue of 
the Journal of Modern History carries a review by Mrs. 
Raymond of The Dignify of Kingship Asserted by "G. S.", 
a facsimile reproduction of a political pamphlet issued 
in 1660. 

Miss Eraser, during the past year as a detail of her 
research for Arthur Lee's letters, secured his journals and 
now has them in typescript copy. These journals are val- 
uable for accounts of Lee's diplomatic missions in France, 
in Spain and in the negotiations with the Indians in 
western Pennsylvania in the name of the Continental 
Congress. 

Miss Sanford's speech given last year at the Southern 
Historical Association in Atlanta on "The Study of An- 
cient History in the Middle Ages" will be printed in a 
forthcoming issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas. 
Miss Sanford spent a great part of the summer at Sweet 
Briar in preparation for the new course. Introduction to 
Modern History, a basic course of the Division of Social 
Studies. In August she did some research in the Widener 
Library. With other Sweet Briar faculty members. Miss 
Sanford assisted with sugar and gasoline rationing in 
Amherst during June and July. 

Miss Beard was elected in May president of the Virginia 
Science Association, a professional association of college 
professors and governmental employees in the field 
of economics, history, political science and sociology. 
As a member of the Commission on the Teaching of 
Sociology of the Southern Sociological Society, Miss Beard 
is conducting an experiment in testing, sponsored by The 
General Education Board. Under this experiment, uniform 
sociology examinations are being given to all students in 
introYluctory sociology in the colleges and universities of 
eleven southern states. During August she had charge of a 
"workshop on testing" held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina. 

Mrs. Wailes is serving as chairman of Social Studies of 
the Virginia State Division, American Association of Uni- 
versity Women, and has recently been appointed consumer- 
relations representative of the Amherst County Rationing 
Board. 

PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION 
Miss Crawford reports that Frances Wilson '41, a major 
in Psychology, has received her M.A. in philosophy from 
the University of Richmond. Her thesis subject was "The 
Ugly in Aesthetics". 

Participation in community organizations of various 
kinds has long been of interest to Miss Crawford, who was 
recently appointed Amherst County Chairman of Women's 
Activities for the War Savings Staff. Through the Home 
Demonstration Clubs, of which she is chairman, the 
women in the county will be encouraged and urged to 
make every effort to purchase war bonds and stamps con- 
sistent with their means and at periodic intervals. Miss 
Crawford has been, for several years, secretary of the 
Amherst Chapter of the Citizens for Victory. She is also 
chairman of the International Relations and Public Affairs 
Committees of the Amherst Branch of the Business and 
Professional Woman's Club. 



October, 1942 



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Class Notes 



1910 

Class Secretary: Frances Murrell Rickards 
(Mrs. Everingham), North Short Point, Nor- 
folk, Virginia. 

FuriJ Aficiif: Annie Powell Hodges (Mrs. 
Willinm T.). 48 S Church Street, Wytheville, 
Virginia. 

I am sorry that my report mu^t go in 
without hearing from all of you, but I am 
leaving for a visit to my husband's old home 
in Keokuk, Iowa, and must get a letter off 
before my departure. However, I am glad that 
I can tell you about some of the first thirty- 
six. 

Louise Hooper Ewell came by to see me 
the other night and brought her good look- 
ing son, Arnold, to tell me goodbye before 
he left for his first year at V. M. I. Louise 
looks as pretty as ever, and is still holding 
an important position with the Norfolk Social 
Welfare Bureau. 

Nan Poiirll Hodges wrote me during the 
summer that Dr. Hodges continues to im- 
prove in health, and that they were both 
enjoying a simple life in their old home in 
\i'ytheville. 

I see Annie Cittnuock Miller often. Al- 
though she has the care of a large house and 
family, she is always happy and bright and 
often beats me at bridge. Her daughter, 
Anne, and husband and her father are mak- 
ing their home with her. The son-In-Iaw is 
a Lieutenant in the Naval Air Force and has 
been stationed here for several moinths. 

Eugenia Griffin Burnett has been working 
hard this summer, organizing and directing 
an information center for service men in the 
Capitol Building in Richmond. This office, 
under the auspices of the O. C. D., is open 
on week-ends, and also includes guide service 
for the Capitol. Eugenia's oldest daughter, 
who graduated in June from Sweet Briar, is 
now living in Washington where she has a 
position with the O. P. A. Charlie, the oldest 
son, has been an ensign in the Navy since 
last September. Last month he had an in- 
teresting experience when he obtained per- 
mission to make a deep-sea dive along with 
the men who were qualifying as divers. He 
went down in ten fathoms of water (sixty 
feet) and reported his experience very in- 
teresting, but a bit "eerie.'* 

Eugenia writes that Sweet Briar's popular 
registrar — on leave of absence for the dur- 
ation — Is now Lieutenant Lill, and up until 
September ninth was the first and only Lieu- 
tenant of the WAVES In Virginia. Lieutenant 
Lill is doing a splendid job at the Naval Pro- 
curement Office in Richmond, and is living 
with the Burnetts. 

Marjorie Conner Prince and husband have 
spent the summer in the mountains of North 
Carolina, and reports they arc both in ex- 
cellent health after two months of rest. 

Eloise Hirst Couper's daughter is studying 
art in New York this winter, and her son is 
with the St. Luke's Hospital Unit ready for 
over-seas duty. 



My daughter. Murrell, is back at Sweet 
Briar for her junior year. My son, Garry, is 
a Lieutenant in the army and has been in a 
students training regiment all summer. He 
is hoping to get home in October for a fur- 
lough before being returned to his division. 
I spend my spare time sewing for the Red 
Cross and now that my family is down to 
one, expect to have more time to give to 
war work. 

Please don't forget to send your contribu- 
tion to the Fund. And send it early so as not 
to miss the second issue of the Alumnae 
News. 

1911 
Class Secretary: Josephine Murray Joslin 
(Mrs. J. Whitman, Jr.), 200 West Madison 
Avenue, ^ohnstown. New York. 
Fiittii Agent: 

I have just had a chat with Anne Ten Eyck 
Baker, who has very ably carried on a business, 
making accessories for the glove manufactur- 
ing trade, started by her father many years 
ago. She has one son, Henry Ten Eyck 
Baker, of whom she has reason to be very 
proud. He won a scholarship for Yale and 
entered that college July 4th last. She was 
unusually happy today for he has just ar- 
rived home for one week's vacation. 

A letter from Margaret Dressier Nohowel 
some time ago told of her older son being a 
Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve Medical 
Corps. She, undoubtedly, feels this war far 
deeper than most of us, having lost her 
husband and brother in World War I. She is 
very busy in many branches of war work 
and assured me that things were moving very 
fast in Washington — that it was not just 
"talk" as the press would have the nation 
believe. 

As for myself, having lived a whole half a 
century, I find that I cannot fill as important 
a niche as I did in the last war but I am 
busy most of the time doing various kinds of 
work to help win this one. 

Jo Murray Joslin. 

1912 
Class Secretary: Loulie Wilson, 5 1 4 West 
n4th Street, New York, New York. 
Fund Agent: Carina Eaglesfield Milligan 
(Mrs. John R. ) Sunset Hill Road, New 
Can nan, Connecticut. 

1913 
Class Secretary: Mary Pinkerton Kerr 
(Mrs. James) Box 1232 University Station, 
Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Henrianne Early, 2032 Bel- 
mont Road, N. W., Washington, D. C. 

1914 
Class Secretary: Henrietta Washburn, 2030 
DeLancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: Grace Callan Bond (Mrs. 
William L.) 1149 Ardsley Road, Schenectady, 
New York. 

Greetings! It now becomes my happy 
privilege to get in touch with all of you 



a^aln. I start by begging you to send me 
word of yourselves for the next issue of the 
Alumnae News. The more the merrier for 
our class letter! Then, to assure yourselves 
the receipt of future Issues, send your con- 
tribution now to the Alumnae Fund, which 
is the channel through which we express our 
loyalty and affection for Sweet Briar 

Won't you also join in a Treasure Hunt 
for our "lost" members, sending me any in- 
formation you can about the following: Ellen 
Hayes, Eleanor Sommervillc Hatch, Virginia 
Abbott, Harriet Buchanan Tilley, Marcclite 
Farris, Cora Gregg, Elizabeth Hail, Lucile Heg- 
gie, Byrd Knox, Kathryne Mattingly, Leonora 
Norvell,, Enrique Smith, Lois Thacker, Mertie 
Watson, Grace Anderson. Eugenia Hafner and 
Eppie Moss. 

Now for what I can tell you! Lizzie Green 
Shepherd is still running her dress shop in 
Washington and this year has Eloise Orme 
Robinson associated with her. Her older daugh- 
ter, who was at Sweet Briar, helps in the 
shop, and her younger daughter is a senior 
at the National Cathedral School and hopes 
to go to Sweet Briar next year. One son is in 
college, and the other In Junior High School. 

Becky Patton is busy, as usual, with church 
work in her community, in spite of the fact 
that she has not been very well. She goes every 
fortnight to Cincinnati for treatment, which 
means, she says, "an alarm at 4 a. m. and a 
five-mile drive through the pitch-black fog 
to the C. & O.'s crack train, the George 
Washington. "Yesterday," she writes, "George 
and I just about had a tie, but I won by a 
hop on the last step — and all this for fifteen 
minutes of treatment!" 

Marion Phillips is thoroughly enjoying her 
work as senior hostess at the Service Club at 
Fort Custer, Michigan. She finds our soldiers 
fine in every way — gentlemanly, helpful, of 
high morale, and full of fun. The Service 
Club consists of a cafeteria, a lounge, an up- 
to-date library, a large hall for dancing, and 
a Guest House. The Guest House has twenty- 
eight double rooms for the relatives and 
friends of the soldiers, who may stay for a 
period of three days at fifty cents a night. 
Two hundred girls come by bus from neigh- 
boring towns three times a week for scheduled 
dances, and there arc entertainments of various 
sorts on other nights. They have had opera 
singers, concert pianists, wrestlers, a ski cham- 
pion, a dancer from the Russian Ballet, and — 
last, but not least — the first mate of Admiral 
Byrd on his last trip to the South Pole! 

Cynthia Magee Mead is now living at the 
Greystone Apartments in Havcrford, Pennsyl- 
vania. She has a son overseas and another at 
Haverford School, and her daughter is secre- 
tary at Rosemary Hall. 

Theo Clark Burke, who was in the steam- 
ship business for a number of years, is now 
immersed in war work in Evanston; and her 
brother is again serving in the Navy. 

Marion Grain is now Mrs. James De- 
Gregorio, and doing duty as a Gray Lady at 



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Alumnae News 



the Philadelphia General Hospital one day a 
week. 

Florence Anderson continues as Medical 
Social Worker in the same hospital. 

In closing, I would say a word on behalf of 
all of you in affectionate tribute to that be- 
loved Honorary Member of our Class, who is 
an integral part of Sweet Briar itself — Mr. 
Dew. We made him one of us, not because 
of his official position, nor his distinguished 
service to the college, but simply because we 
loved him. Now, in his retirement from 
office and the heavy duties it entailed, we are 
thankful that he remains at Sweet Briar, 
which would not, for many of us, be alto- 
gether Sweet Briar without him. 



Class Secrc/ary: Frances Pi^nnypacker, S17 
Main Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 
Fund Agent: 

A note from Helen Nicholson Schively 
came too late for the June letter. She says, 
"My son, Nick, is about to enter the Uni- 
versity of Virginia for the accelerated course. 
Sylvia hopes to go to Sweet Briar three years 
from next September! Yale is still president 
of the Wayne Works, and I am still organist 
of the First Presbyterian Church!" The 
card I sent to Marian Da Camera Chace came 
back with a note, "This party is not here 
any more." If "this party" sees this, I hope 
she sends us her correct address and some 
news about herself. (Ed. Last address we 
had for Marian was 3 216 Club Drive, Los 
Angeles.) 

I've been too busy this summer to have 
my vacation, but I have a new assistant who 
promises to be a jewel and am expecting an- 
other next week, so I have hopes of getting 
away this fall. 

Please send me news for the February 
letter and contribute to the Alumnae Fund. 

1916 

Class Secretary and Fttnd Agent: Felicia 
Patton, Beechmoor Place, Catlettsburg, Ken- 
tucky. 

In reading the class notes of the Alumnae 
News I find many class secretaries are suffer- 
ing with the common complaint known as 
"no news." Only through the experience of 
serving as such can one realize the helpless- 
ness of a secretary each quarter in trying to 
build up a letter on nothing. 

As Fund Agent for this year, I note also 
an irresponsiveness to the plea for assistance. 
Even a negative reply which has come from 
some thoughtful and considerate "sixteeners" 
and "ex-sixteeners" is more to be desired than 
no response at all. 

A note from Dorys McConnel Faile brings 
the bad news of her recent serious illness but 
there was an optimistic note of her re- 
cuperation and hopes of an early recovery. 

Est ell McFarland Fox cheered the Fund 
Agent's soul no end with word of her will- 
ingness to serve as sub-agent as did faithful 
Ellen Hotvison Christian, who certainly comes 
near breaking all records of endurance. 



A long awaited letter from Mary Penny- 
Packer Davis tells of a very busy summer at 
their camp in Connecticut and while there 
she had the unexpected pleasure of meeting 
Elizabeth Rickard Hamill, who Is living at 
Litchfield, Connecticut. 

Margaret Banister has resigned her post at 
Sweet Briar to become Organization Director 
of the Women's Interests Section for the 
Bureau of Public Relations of the United 
States Army. Ban is living at Stoneleigh 
Court in Washington, D. C. — Editor. 

And so endeth the news with hopes for 
bigger and better next issue. 



1917 

Class Secretary: Iertha Pfister Wailes (Mrs. 
Benjamin) Sweet Briar, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: Rachel Lloyd Holton (Mrs. 
Hoyt S.) 2318 Densmore Drive, Toledo, Ohio. 
Dear 1917: 

Polly sent the following item to be added 
to the June biographies: Esther Nebenzahl, 
wife of Dr. A. S. Tepper of Far Rockaway, 
New York, has two children. Robert, aged 
twenty-two, is lieutenant in the United States 
Navy on foreign duty, and Dorothy, nine- 
teen, is at Pratt Institute. Esther seems well 
occupied as lieutenant of a Red Cross motor 
corps, treasurer of an orphan home, and with 
work in garden club and Girl Scouts. 

Genie Steele Hardy had another wedding in 
her family. Her older son, John, Jr., who 
graduated from Annapolis in June, was mar- 
ried this summer. 

1917 can i.ow boast of three class daugh- 
ters, Jean Ridler, Martha and Mary Louise 
Holton. We are very proud of Jean who is 
on the Dean's List this fall on the basis of 
her excellent grades of last semester. I be- 
lieve that Rachel Lloyd Holton is the first 
Sweet Briar alumna who has had two daugh- 
ters here at the same time. Rachel and the 
two girls had a week's lake cruise to Canada 
this summer and from all accounts it must 
have been a great success. I hear that Rachel 
has agreed to serve as class fund chairman. 
Good luck to her! 

As for myself, I had a sabbatical leave 
last year. While home was official head- 
quarters, I spent considerable time at the 
University of Virginia, at the State Library 
in Richmond, and in Washington doing re- 
search work for my Ph.D. dissertation, 
which, I am sad to relate, has not been com- 
pleted as of this date. My experienced aca- 
demic friends try to console me with, "It al- 
ways takes longer than one thinks," but I 
hoped to have that particular task behind 
me before this. However, I thoroughly en- 
joyed the year of study and research, but am 
more than delighted to be back at Sweet Briar. 
PoUy expects to be here for the fall council 
meeting, and I look forward to seeing her at 
that time. 

Having taken over from Polly, I am now 
your class secretary. Please be as kind to me 
as you were to her. 



Bertha Pfister Wailes 



1918 
Class Secretary: Elizabeth Lowman Hall 
(Mrs. Asaph B. Hall) 866 Euclid Avenue, 
Elmira, New York. 

Fund Agent: Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck 
(Mrs. Stanley K.) 2139 Wyoming Avenue, 
N. W., Washington, D. C 

If the Alumnae Office had not prodded 
me, I would not have written to you at all. 
I have practically no news, for "you all" 
have written me even less than I have written 
you. 

I had a nice chatty letter from Eleanor 
Smith Walters the other day. It was good 
to know she had heard from her sister in 
France by cable. Eleanor is fine, still living 
in Ocean Grove. 

Along in the summer Gertrude Kintzing 
Wiltshire wrote me. Her daughter graduated 
from St. Catherine's School in Richmond in 
June and is going to Mary Baldwin at 
Staunton. 

Out of all the people to whom I wrote at 
Christmas only Katie Marshall Shuler an- 
swered. I am ashamed I haven't answered it. 

Dot Harrison and I are always more or 
less in touch. She visited me in June, during 
our winter for that season. The weather 
finally warmed enough for us to have some 
friends in for tea on our terrace. Dot has 
been coming to Elmira off and on for so 
many years that she has as many friends 
here as at home. 

I am sorry I did not get a letter in the 
June issue but at that time my husband was 
ha/ing pneumonia. After he was on his feet 
again, young Asaph had an appendectomy. 
We went to the lake, Seneca, for two weeks 
in August. On our return, every thing 
jumped at me. "Would I start surgical dress- 
ing? How about coming to the Church for 
Red Cross Sewing. You are in charge of the 
ticket sale for the Children's Theatre this 
year." 

You are all doing similar thin«Ts I know 
and enjoying belonging to such worthwhile 
groups. We'd all like to know what you do 
so we'd know what you like now. Please 
write and tell us. You can see I am still 
selling. It was ice cream cones at college, 
now it's tickets. The suear shortage has cut 
down on the fudge output, however. 

1919 

Class Secretary: Elizabeth Eggleston, 
Green Level, Hampton-Sydney, Virginia. 
Fund Agent: 

Perhaps I set my sights too high when I 
sent out letters to you last spring. I wanted 
a sort of summary or estimate of two terri- 
tories, first, of life as you had been living it, 
and second, of the Ufe that new conditions 
are beginning to demand. No doubt I was at 
fault, because the answers would have made 
a basis suitable for a philosophical article 
rather than for a class letter. Most of you 
did not answer, but I still think such a sum- 
mary would be interesting to those who have, 
in common, Hfe at Sweet Briar a quarter of 
a century ago. 

It was cheering to get three replies. Isabel 
Wood Holt is Chairman of Red Cross Volun- 



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teer work in Charleston, West Virginia. Her 
task is to organize and gird for action various 
units of Civilian Defense and the Red Cross 
disaster schedule. She says, "We are prepar- 
ing for the worst, though hoping for the 
best," because that region is one of the coun- 
try's greatest chemical centers, and very 
vulnerable. Her life is that of an extremely 
busy person. "I don't have much choice 
about it. If this war lasts as long as most 
of us think, virtually all women must be 
signed up full time for a definite service, so 
I am willing to be in it all at the beginning." 

Then she gives pleasant personal news of a 
healthy, intensely active two and a half year 
old son; a daughter, Isabel, thirteen, keenly 
interested in animals, her talents lying in the 
direction of being a doctor, or a veterinarian, 
and of especial interest to Briarites, a daugh- 
ter, Julia, now seventeen, who is registered 
at Sweet Briar for 1943. Julia sounds most 
pleasantly all-round, liking dramatics, on the 
student council at high school, and having 
just atended a set of Woodberry Forest dances. 

Rosanne Gilmore is carrying a stiff schedule 
of usual duties; feels intensely the general un- 
certainty that so troubles us all; and may 
have to go on with her employer's work (in- 
surance) after he is drafted. She says some- 
thing that I think is close to the essence of 
Sweet Briar's meaning to its graduates: "Cities 
may be necessary for efficiency, but they are 
certainly no place to live and think sanely. 
I sometimes long very much for Sweet Briar 
and the eternal peace of its hills and beautv. 
There is something very stabilizing even in 
that memory, when I rush, rush, rush, and 
wonder why." 

Isabel Luke Witt's letter indicated family 
routine. She reports an hilarious dinner with 
Louise and Mattie Hammond, Jo Payne, and 
Lucia Allen. They thumbed through old 
Sweet Briar pictures and were reduced to 
hopeless mirth. 

A letter from that gallant and indispensable 
unit of the old Sweet Briar, Dr. Harley, 
came at midsummer. As you know, she has 
been busily poking about the world since her 
retirement several years ago — Hawaii, South 
Africa, and various universities. Her studies 
are in the field of comparative anatomy, and 
anthropology — "very interesting in itself, and 
more so as it plainly shows design and meaning 
in the 'Revelation of the Rocks'. It gives 
one great faith that all is planned, even wars 
and destruction and pain and death. So I am 
content to go on so long as possible.'' 

You see, I managed to cull a bit of phi- 
losophy after all. 

1920 
Class Secretary: Caroline Freiburg Marcus 
(Mrs. Herbert T.) Hopewell Road, Mont- 
gomery, Ohio. 

Furni Agent: Frances Raiff Wood (Mrs. 
Hirrison) 90 Wilson Avenue, Rutherford, 
New Jersey. 

A letter is promised for the February issue 
provided you all respond to my pleas. No news 
th^i time. 

Do contribute to the Alumnae Fund this 
year and do it early please. 



Class Secretary: Elizabeth Shoop Dixon 
(Mrs. Brownrigg) , 1029 Maryland Avenue, 
Suflfolk, Virginia. 

Vutid Agent: Katherine Daiis Baynum 
(Mrs. G. R.), 477 Walton Road, Maplewood, 
New Jersey. 
Dear Girlies: 

Do you remember how my B. F. used to 
address me "Girlie" and how you all would 
try to kid me. I still can't figure out how 
you knew so much about the contents of my 
mail. I may sue you yet. 

How about this secretaryship — Is it a 
twenty year proposition? I think Maynette 
had it that long. Well, I am serving notice 
that this year is my finale. You need a dif- 
ferent viewpoint and my tale is luld. 

My niece, Sara Phillips, offspring of 
Alumna Virginia Shoop Phillips, was married 
at the home of our mother on September 22nd. 
It was a very simple but very sweet wedding. 

Had a newsy letter from Josephine Ahara 
MacMillan. Her husband Louis is a lieutenant 
in the Navy and expects to be in Charlotte 
for a while. 

Laura Thompson MacMillan's husband has 
just gone in the Army as a Captain in the 
Chemical Warfare School. Laura's twins are 
Freshmen this year. Didn't we have a lot of 
twins in our class? 

Katherine Davis Baynum has agreed to be 
Class Agent this year. Let's all help her! 

Mary McLeviore Matthews' house caught 
on fire this summer, du« to defective wiring 
or something. They had quite a scare for a 
few hours, since it happened during the night. 
However, it taught "Lette" to be groomed for 
any emergency in the future. 

Well, I had another one of those birthdays 
on the 20th, They are a pain, and my old 
machine is more rattly than ever. Frankly, 
I don't enjoy adding a year every 565 days. 

Please let me hear from you all if you 
want '21 represented in the next issue. 

1922 
ClassSccretary: Gertrude Dally Massie (Mrs. 
Adrian M.) Purchase Street, Rye, New York. 
Tund Agent: Lillie Maddox Whitner (Mrs. 
James H.) 2121 Lombardy Circle, Charlotte, 
North Carolina. 

This is merely to keep you from too keen 
a disappointment when you read the October 
issue of the magazine. I know I always hated 
to see our space empty, so even though none 
of you has deluged me with news of your- 
selves, perhaps this slim paragraph will shame 
you into sending me some soon. I did hear 
from Maylon Ncwby Pierce in June, just a 
day or so late for the June issue. She wrote 
me a very graphic picture of her family and 
activities on one of my cards, so you see it 
can be done in a few words and take very 
little of your time. Maylon has three sons, 
aged seventeen, fourteen and twelve respec- 
tively. Bill, the eldest, is at the University 
of Virginia this year where he is slated to 
achieve great things scholastically as well as 
athletically. Walter, Jr., and Staples are the 
other two, and of course are still in High 
School. Maylon had just completed advanced 



first aid and nutrition courses and is chair- 
man of recreation of the Defense Council. 
She had seen Hathaway Wright Rinehart, 
Louise Garrard Davis and Julia Albers Echols 
at their Beach club, Roxey Plaza, Florida, 
Many thanks, Maylon, for a very newsy reply. 

Bus ¥ohl Kerr also answered my plea a day 
or so late. At that time she was wondering 
whether or not she would "weather" her 
twenty-second Rummage Sale (given by the 
Sweet Briar alumnae). That's quite a record 
Bus. 

Ruth Fiske Steegar sent me a card from 
Cape Propoise, Maine, not so long ago. 

Trot Walker Neidllnger vacationed near 
Saranac, New York. 

And frankly I know nothing more, nary 
a word, unless you want me to begin dis- 
coursing on one or all of the various "Adrians" 
in my life — we have three in all, and some 
of my newer acquaintances call me Adrian, 
too — the two smaller ones are referred to 
more often as "Butch" and "Mittens". 

Will any of you take the next card ser- 
iously enough to just write us a few sentences 
about how much scrap you have collected, 
whether you've joined the WAVE'S or the 
WAAC's. 
New address: 

Mary Klumph Watson, 14326 South Park 
Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio. 

1925 
No Class Secretary 

Fund Agent: Edith Miller McClintock 
(Mrs. OH er W.) One Magnolia Place, Mari- 
anna, Arkansas. 

The news of the moment — the birth of 
Alex Guignard Thompson on September fifth. 
Jane writes that the baby is very cute and 
thriving. She adds that the class needs a 
change of secretaries for the class letters, that 
she has served long enough. 

Isabelle Denting Ellis with her sons has 
returned to this country from Jamaica. She 
is living now at 1226 Hyman Avenue, Hen- 
dersonville. North Carolina. 

Louisa Newkirk Steeble, *25's reoresentative 
on the Alumnae Council, will attend the first 
meeting at Sweet Briar, October twenty-ninth 
to thirty-first. 

1924 
Class Secretary: Kathryn Klumph McGuire 
(Mrs. Frederick), 5707 Daleford Road, Cleve- 
land, Ohio. 

Fund Agent: Lorraine McCrillis Stott, 
(Mrs. Earl R.) 90S South Main Street, 
Newark, New York- 

I know we are all terribly busy with ad- 
ditional war jobs but I certainly would like 
to know what everyone else is doing. I'm 
sure that goes for all of us, so won't you 
write? Be sure, too, to contribute to the 
Alumnae Fund so you will receive the other 
issues of the magazine. The Fund needs our 
support, 1 iwever small, more than ever now. 

Carol Flynn Eley wrote me late last spring 
that she was selling her home in Boston and 
going to Florida to live near her parents. 

Papic — Elizabeth Pape Mercur on the rec- 
ords — had a baby girl in March. 

Marion Su^atinell Wright took her childrcLi 
home to visit in Champagne this summer. 

Elsie Wood Von Maur keeps busy manag- 



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ing the Uavcnport Symphony Orchestra. She 
plays a lot of golf and I hear she ended the 
summer by playing in a two-ball foursome 
with Denny Shutc and Ralph Guldahl. She 
writes that her daughter who spent the sum- 
mer in camp in New Mexico is five feet eight. 
Can you imagine? 

Dodie Von Maur Cranipton and her family 
spent the summer in Michigan. 

And did you see the pictures of El Hiirucd 
Arp's husband peering out of the line of "old 
grads" in Life's article on Shattuck Military 
Academy; likewise, her son standing first in 
the front row in Chapel. Elsie wrote that she 
saw Margaret Hcui^hanvi DeLescaille in Chi- 
cago this summer and that she was just as 
much fun as ever and hadn't changed a bit. 
Grace Merrick Twohy was in town this 
summer visiting her family. She had just 
come from a visit at Mr. Worthington's camp 
near White Sulphur Springs where her daugh- 
ter, Patty, was. The daughters of Harrell 
James Carrington and Sarah Merrick Houriet 
were there too. Florence Wesfgafe Kraffert 
spent the evening with me not long ago and 
she is positively glamorous! 

The McGuire menage ac the present is 
slightly hospital in aspect. I'm in bed in one 
room, my daughter in the next and a nurse 
in charge. We've entertained a variety of 
"strep" infections, flu bugs, etc., but every- 
one now seems to be on the mend. I spent a 
very quiet summer being domestic but spring 
found me pretty busy. I was in charge of 
the Revue, for the Cleveland Playhouse, 
which raises the scholarship money for the 
coming year; and built scenery and worked 
on the business end of a play for Eldred 
Players which we did for Navy Relief. In 
May I went to the three-day Radio Institute 
in Columbus and it was terribly exciting rub- 
bing elbows with H. V. Kaltenborn, Walter 
Damrosch, etc. I took a hurried trip to 
Washington the end of May with Fritz and 
looked longingly toward Virginia knowing 
Commencement was just about to commence 
but returned home dutifully. My one achieve- 
ment for the winter that pleased me for "one 
of my age" was to be the female half holder 
of the city mixed doubles badminton champ- 
ionship. (I'll let you in on the facts — my 
partner is just the best male player in Ohio.) 
Sounds good anyway, doesn't it, for nineteen 
years out of college? 

Come on now gals, put two notes on your 
"must do" list for the winter. First, con- 
tribute to the Alumnae Fund, your gift to 
Sweet Briar, and you will receive the other 
three issues of the magazine and be able to 
read the news of your schoolmates, and, sec- 
ond, sit down and write me that news! A 
parting thought — ten per cent for War Bonds 
and at the same time a one hundred per cent 
contribution from the class of 1924 to the 
Alumnae Fund. 

1925 
C/dii Secretary: Laura Graham Hunter 
(Mrs. Harold F.), 706 River Avenue, Rome, 
Georgia. 

Fund Ageul: Dora Hancock Williams 
(Mrs. Coleman S.), East Ferry Lane, Sauga- 
tuck, Connecticut, 

To the few of you who sent the following 



news I am so grateful. If only more of you 
would do the same. 

Mary Craighall Kinyoun's husband is in 
the army overseas, and Mary has joined the 
WAAC's. Good luck and best wishes from 
us all, Mary. 

Such a grand letter from Jane Becker 
Clippinger. She is giving one day each week 
at the hospitals, working at the U. S. O. 
unit, taking the First Aid Instructor's course, 
besides Scout and Church work. Jane, you 
certainly have lost none of your energy and 
enthusiasm since S. B. days. She also has two 
daughters thirteen and seven. 

Frances Burnett Mellen's husband is a cap- 
tain in the army, stationed at Kingsport, 
Tennessee. Frances is planning to visit him 
next month and to stop by in Cincinnati to 
visit jane Becker Clippinger. Frances' daugh- 
ter, Mary Ann, is eleven and at Laurel 
School preparing for Sweet Briar. Her son 
is fifteen. Frances writes, "I'm working at 
our store, Potter and Mellen (jewelry, silver- 
ware) . My first experience in business, but 
I like it and it keeps me from being so lone- 
some." 

When I was in Atlanta the first part of 
June, I heard that Martha Lee Williamson 
was at the Georgian Terrace hotel. I went by 
to see her but much to my disappointment 
she was out. A note from her later said Bill 
was a lieutenant in the Navy, stationed in 
Atlanta. In the meantime the children and 
I went to visit my family at their summer 
camp in Ontario and since I've been home I 
haven't been able to find whether or not 
they are still in Atlanta. 

The other day when I was there I talked 
to Tootie Maybank Williams, '27, on the 
phone. I haven't seen her since she married 
and moved there, but understand she is fine, 
and cute as ever. 

In March my husband and I had a wonder- 
ful long weekend in New Orleans. Frances 
Nas.b Orand, '24 and her husband from 
Dallas met us there. It was wonderful seeing 
them again. Frances' husband has been quit? 
ill since then, but is much improved now. 

Eleanor Miller Patterson writes, "I am 
busy doing war work, as I know everyone 
else is, keeping house and buying war bonds 
with the cook's wages." 

Remember to write me that letter that I 
know you've been intending to do! 

Contribute to the Alumnae Fund and serve 
your country at the same time. Lets keep in 
close touch with each other and Sweet iJriar. 

My very best to you all. 

1926 

Class Secretary: Dorothy Keller Iliff 
(Mrs. ^/ilIiam S. ) 3 3 T Elmore Drive, 
Arlington, Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Kathcrine Blount Anderson 
(Mrs. Fred C.) Bayport, Minnesota. 

Due to crossed wires there was no letter 
this month, but there will be one in the 
next issue. Dorothy Reinburg Fuller was c i 
campus last July with her two little girls. 
Her husband is in foreign service and Dor- 



othy is living with her mother at Canutillo, 
Texas. 

Edna Lee Cox has moved to Raleigh, North 
Carolina. Her husband is now stationed at 
Camp Butner and they are living at HOI 
Canterbury Road. Edna will be here for the 
Board meeting the first week-end in November. 

1927 

Class Secretary: Elsetta Gilchrist, 4^00 
Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Claire Manner Arnold (Mrs. 
Wylie H.) 26 Lynwood Road, Scarsdale, 
New York. 

A letter from M. Brou n Wood was my 
only answer to twenty-five hasty pleas for 
vital statistics and minor amusements of '27. 
I am sincerely sorry to have to go to print 
without a single item of fresh news. It's 
true that I can ramble on about my own 
activities, how I have learned to ride a 
tractor, discovered only yesterday that the 
oil was held in the crank case and to adjust 
its pressure you wiggle set screws elbow 
deep in the oil and internal anatomy, and 
other problems and jokes connected with 
running a farm, or office in war time. This 
may be a fascinating life to me but frankly 
I should love to have some other topics and 
know how many of you will turn to the 
page of the News with our Class items and 
be disappointed not to hear of your college 
friends. This copy of the News will be sent 
to every member of our class and it carries 
to each of you my sincere Interest in your 
present lives and a hope that you will wish 
to keep in touch with the rest of us. Sweet 
Briar is still a very fine place as 'E' Morley 
Fink, Dan, and I can vouch from our presence 
at I927's Hth Reunion last June. There will 
be five hard -ears before our 20th but mine 
I know would be a little brighter and more 
Interesting if they could contain news of old 
friends. Won't some of you volunteer to keep 
in touch with a few of your special pals and 
then pass along the gleanings: 

Send In your war stamps, help Sweet Briar 
and buy your quota, too! 

^lastily and faithfully yours, 

Bebe 



Class Secretary: Virginia Van Winkle Mor- 
LiDGE (Mrs. John B. Jr.) 107 West Orchard 
Road, Fort Mitchell, Covington, Kentucky. 
Fund Agnet: Betty Prescott Balch (Mrs. 
Richard H.) 1202 Parkway, East, Utica, New 
York. 
Greetings 28: 

It was a pleasure to have a long letter from 
B-rbara DeZouche Lewis Maxwell from Car- 
acas, Venezuela, where she now lives. She 
described a trip she had had to the States 
this spring. In Washington she saw Mary 
Virginia Culicr Mann and her fourteen 
montiis old daughter. Barbara reoorted that 
"Inch" Mann hasn't changed a bit during 
all the years since she had seen her. They 
had luncheon with Julia Thomas, who was 
looking very well and pretty. Barbara says 
that her life In Caracas Is very quiet. How- 
ever, she helps run a British War Charities 



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Shop, she makes guest towels and luncheon 
sets and is in charge of flowers — orchids for 
dances and gardenias for weddings, all of 
which sounds very exotic. 

She and Mary Eunice Armstrong Allen, '29 
used to have a Sweet Briar Club. But the 
Aliens were transferred to Fort Bliss and are 
now at Fort Sill. So that's what happened 
to the Sweet Briar Club of Caracas! Thank 
you, Barbara for letting us hear from you. 
Wc don't know enough about our friends in 
foreign ports. 

I had a nice visit this summer with Kath- 
erine Phillips Pope and Isabelle McVhcctcrs 
Stone. "Phil" has two boys and "Torchy" a 
boy and a girl — all very cute. "Phil" and 
"Torchy" both look almost exactly as they 
did at Sweet Briar, which is quite a feat 
these days. While I was in Cleveland I had 
the pleasure of seeing Flora Pope Bruce and 
her three adorable little girls. The youngest, 
Molly, is but eight months old, 

Julia Wilson is now a member of the staff 
of "Time" magazine. 

Bettie Harms Slaughter is a new "Nurses 
Aide." She completed her training this sum- 
mer, while her two little girls were in Maine 
with their grandparents. 

Betty W hitcboHSC Hagin and her family 
had a grand visit with Jane PoinJexfcr Stew- 
ard and her family in Chattanooga, this sum- 
mer. Betty serves with the Red Cross Canteen 
in Covington, Kentucky and your reporter 
and Margaret McWilUams Walsh do Staff 
Assistance at the same place. 

I know that many more of vou are busy 
with lots of activities now. I wish you'd 
write and tell me about them. I can't just 
divine what is going on ! 

Don't forget your contribution to the 
Fund will help that ten percent quota for 
war bonds and Sweet Briar at the same time. 
The next issue of the News, in February, 
comes only to Fund contributors. 

1929 

Class Secretary: Sara Callison Jamison 
(Mrs. John R.) 616 Ridgewood Drive, West 
Lafayette, Indiana. 

Pund Agent: Meredith Ferguson Smythe 
(Mrs. Frederick J.) R. R. 1, Box 92 A, In- 
dian Hills, Louisville, Kentucky. 

The time has rolled around for another 
letter so bear with me, gals. Jamie and I 
spent some time at Torch Lake this summer, 
and while there, we saw Tommy Thomason 
Griffin. She now has two children, has moved 
back to Beverly Hills, Chicago, and truly 
looks not one day older than she did in 
school. 

We just missed seeing Meredith Ferguson 
Smythe, who had spent six weeks at the 
lake with her family. The Smythes moved 
into a lovely new home in Louisville in 
August. We also saw Polly McDiarmiJ Scro- 
dino's twin sister, Peggy, who reported that 
Polly and her husband have bought a farm 
in southern Indiana and that Polly is learn- 
ing now to run it while her husband is busy 
building roads and camps for the army. 

Belle Brockcnhrongb Hutch ins is also on 
the list of new home owners. We visited them 
in August and very much enjoyed living in 



tiic manner to wliich we were unaccustomed. 
Tlie house is a perfect dream and the grounds 
lovely. Squeak HarncJ Ross and Virginia 
Tingle Madden stopped in to see us, both 
h)oking very good. 

Nan Tor /an Owens, her daughter and hus- 
band, spent a month in Sewanee, Tennessee 
last summer. While there she saw Virginia 
Finch Waller and Emily Turner. Emily is 
doing library work in Richmond, Virginia. 

Eleanor Duiall Spruill's husband now has 
a government job in Washington, and so 
Eleanor and small daughter have been spend- 
ing the summer in Parkton, Maryland with 
Eleanor's aunt. 

At last we hear from Lisa Giiigon Shin- 
berger who is in Richmond for the duration. 
The Shinbcrgers were in Panama when war 
broke out^ Lisa brought the baby home by 
strato-clippcr in twelve hours flying time. 
Her husband is a Lieutenant Colonel and is 
training officer of the First Special Service 
Force stationed in Montana. Lisa is now a 
Nurse's Aide and spends her time working 
at the hospital and taking care of her little 
daughter, Adelaide, who is sixteen months 
old. 

Lisa writes that Louise Daily Sturhahn is 
living in Dayton, Ohio, where Ed is doing 
some kind of vital war work on airplanes. 

Emma Baker Rasmussen's husband is in 
charge of an Army Japanese language School 
and they are living in Minneapolis. 

Virginia Hodgson Sutliff and family are 
established in Arlington, Virginia. Hodgson's 
husband is now a Commander in the Navy. 
They often see Libber Lankford and Johnny 
Miles. Libber writes that she is doing the 
usual amount of Red Cross, air raid warden, 
airplane spotting, and salvage work. It keeps 
her busy on her bicycle as they live in the 
country and gasoline is scarce in those parts. 
Libber states that her greatest pride is in 
being "Chairman of the Old Grease Collection 
for Greenville". It's an impressive title, Libber. 
We knew you'd go far but that achievement 
exceeds our fondest hopes. 

Theresa Atkinson is now librarian at Army 
Service Club No. 3, Fort Benning, Georgia. 
For the past three years Theresa has been 
librarian for the Insurance Library Associa- 
tion. 

Don't forget to buy those war stamps for 
your lO'/f quota and help Sweet Briar at 
the same time. 

I know you're all doing something for 
your country. Write me soon. 

1950 

Class Secretary: Mary Macdonald Reynolds 
(Mrs. Jasper A.) 1503 Duncan Avenue, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Fund Agent: Mary Huntington Harrison 
(Mrs. E. Webster) Drake Road, Station M, 
Cincinnati, Ohio. 

The most interesting news that has come 
this way in a long time was a clipping from 
Gwen Olcott Writer that told about Louise 
Nelson joining the WAACS and Emma Rcily 
joining the WAVES. Emma and Nelson got 
a two-column spread, complete with pictures 
and life histories. Incidentally, both ladies 
are, to judge by their pictures, extremely 



well preserved. When they finish their course 
they are to go back to Richmond to the Air- 
craft Filter Center, where they have for 
some time been volunteers. They were the 
first officer candidates to be selected from 
the aircraft warning filter centers of that 
region, according to the article. Before join- 
ing the Army, Nelson was an X-ray tech- 
nician at Memorial Hospital and Emma was 
research assistant to Merritt Ruddock, the 
Radio Commentator. 

Gwen is busy with her two children, aged 
three and five months. She sees Helen Smith 
Miller occasionally. Helen relieves Gwen's 
husband at the local air observation tower. 
Nanc Gaines Jaeger is reported to be living 
in Scarsdale. Gwen also sees Hallic Gubel- 
man, ^29 who now lives i- Tombstone, Ari- 
zona. Gwen doesn't see her in Arizona, of 
course, but whenever she comes East. Marge 
Gubelman is still in Hawaii. 

As no report of 193 would be complete 
without word of the glamorous Mrs. Wood- 
roof e, nee Prentis, she has been spending the 
summer on Long Island with her brood of 
four while Bob is away with the Roosevelt 
Hospital Unit, of which he is chaplain. 
Lindsay will return to her town house with 
the first frost and resume her Central Park 
nursing activities. 

Once again I speak the language of the 
psychologists. My new career, which is of 
the Personnel variety, has all the earmarks of 
Joey Fol«^om's Social Psych course and I am 
in a constant state of fascination. 

Mac 

1931 

Class Secretary: Nancy Worthington, 926 
West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia. 
Fund A\gcnt: 
Dear Class of 1931: 

When our illustrious classmate — Miss von 
Briesen — was elected president of the Alumnae 
Association in June, she asked me to take 
over as class secretary this year. I did so with 
fear and trepidation. Now she is Director of 
Public Relations at Sweet Briar, no less, and 
I am loving the new job! You'll have to try 
it some time to know the thrill of excite- 
ment one gets when a plea for news brings 
forth results. Only forty of you graduates 
got postals from me this time, and twelve 
have responded. Tis truly heartening. The 
rest of you will be hearing from me for the 
February, April and June issues, so let this 
be a lesson to you. I hope the already con- 
tacted ones will also keep me posted again 
during the year. 

Orchids go to Mary Lou Flournoy Brown, 
who wrote me from 8H. South Oakland 
Street, Arlington, Virginia, to say that her 
husband was a major in the Army In- 
telligence Command and they were moving 
to Miami Beach about September IS. Her 
children, Louisa, 7. and Seaborn, 3, are a 
source of joy to her, but she says she may 
change her tunc after driving to Florida. 

Ginny Cooke Rea was the second to re- 
assure me about her whereabouts. Her pedia- 
trician husband is still not in the service, and 
she is on the relieved side, as he had enlisted 
when I heard from her last. Ginny is chair- 



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man of the House Committee for the Red 
Cross and does canteen work. 

Jane Bikle Lane asks us not to faint but 
for the first time in eleven years she is 
answering a plea for news. She has a job in 
editorial and production work at a publishing 
house and is an Air Warden while her husband 
is Post Warden and thereby claims to be a 
superior officer. Jane reports that Kitty Knerr 
Angell lives near her and has added a young 
daughter to her family. 

Peggy Ferguson Bennett came to Richmond 
in August looking 6t as a fiddle and has 
since written me that the new treasurer at 
Sweet Briar, Mr. Wheaton, is a real addition 
to the campus. Miss Turnbull, is back 
again this year in the Registrar's Office and 
that is cause for celebration too. The Scotts 
are back from South America, safe and 
sound, though they came in installments, 
Peggy says. Since I heard from Pepgy, the 
news has come that her husband has joined 
the faculty at Olivet College in Michigan. 

Nancy Coe sounds like the busy bee. She's 
Republican County Committee Woman, Air 
raid warden during the day time, first aider 
in connection with a casualty station during 
the night, and still Organist and Choir Leader 
at the Community Church, Englewood, New 
Jersey. I'm breathless, just writing about it! 
She reports that Elizabeth MacRae Goddard, 
is now living at 1204 West 42nd Street, 
Richmond and I'm looking forward to seeing 
her. 

Our second cause for ammonia comes from 
Millie McCrcary Driver, who has written for 
the first lime since she graduated. Her two 
little girls, Barbara Ann, 6V2, and Beverly, 
3^, are news to me. She says Barbara is a 
good friend of Mary Henderson Averill's Ro- 
setta, but sixty miles distance is proving a 
handicap. Mary lives in Columbia, South 
Carolina and Millie's address is Hill Crest 
Road, Aiken, South Carolina. Millie has had 
to curtail her Red Cross work because of the 
illness of her mother. I do hope she is better 
by now, Millie. 

Martha McBroom Shipman is moving again. 
She didn't say where, so I hope to report 
that in the next issue. But she has seen Mary 
Stuart Kelso Clegg, who is now working in 
Dayton, Joe having gone into the Ground 
Aviation in April. He is now stationed in 
Rome, New York. On a trip to Louisville 
this summer Martha saw Rip Van Winkle 
and Sally Shaltenberger Brown and later in 
Chattanooga, she saw Westcott, whose hus- 
band is stationed at Fort Oglethorpe. (What's 
your new address, Westcott ) Young Shippy 
spent six weeks in a boy's camp this summer 
and Janic Shipman had seven weeks in a play 
school besides the trip to Chattanooga with 
her mama. 

From Macon, Georgia, — 63 5 College Street 
to be exact, Helen Lmfrence Vander Horst 
writes that her husband is Rector of St. Paul's 
Episcopal Church there and that her daughter 
is almost fourteen months old now. She has 
seen Martha McCoiven Burnet and her two 
attractive children recently, and reoorts that 
they are living in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

A husband, daughter and puppy seem to 



fill the life of our Jean Countryman Presba, 
who has moved again, this time to 1143 Lin- 
coln Street, Glen view, Illinois. It seems that 
Paula, who is over a year old now, is out 
for hiking honors and her mother is having 
a hard time keeping up. The Presbas did have 
a nice vacation at a resort in Wisconsin during 
the early part of August, havint; left the 
athlete with her grandparents in Rockford. 
Jean proclaims to be quite a fisherwoman as 
a result of that trip. 

When Mary Leivis Magavern arrived on 
August 17th, her mother (Trudy Lewis) 
could still claim to be the class mother! 
Trudy now has four children and has moved 
back to Buffalo after a summer on the farm. 
The children seem to regard school as a com- 
plete waste of time after such a pleasant 
interlude. In spite of multitudinous household 
duties, Trudy finds time to do Junior League 
and Red Cross work. She says Alice Barrows 
Francisco and two darling children, Stevie 
and Mary, were in Buffalo this summer and 
she sees Reggie Foster Askew occasionally. 

The Navy has claimed Huger King, Mary 
Lynn writes and she and the three children 
lived at Isle of Palms this summer in order 
to be near him at the Charleston Navy Yard. 
She is now in the throes of moving to Sum- 
merviile, South Carolina, and is combatting 
the well-known servant problem, but is 
thankful to have Huger still on these shores. 
Mary Lynn says Dotty Boyle Charles is still 
in New London, Ontario, where her husband 
is rushed to death installing water systems 
for camps and her score in children stands 
at two. 

From the office comes news of Katherine 
Perry Darfeld. She recently has been ap- 
pointed director of Potter County Tubercu- 
losis Work. 

Bette West Morton wrote me last spring 
from 411 High Street, Chevy Chase, Mary- 
land, t'lat she had been in one spot for six 
months — a novelty for her. She had moved 
six times in a year, and what with marketing, 
cooking, washing dishes, and caring for three 
children, she seems to have her hands full. 
Her husband is with the Geodetic Cost Sur- 
vey, so her address may be changed b" now. 
Bette says that Toole Kotter Mullikin is back 
in Winter Haven, Florida, and that Toole's 
mother is greatly improved after the automo- 
bile accident in which her father was killed 
last year. 

Richmond is a lovely place in which to 
reside and I have yet to walk around a block 
that someone from Sweet Briar doesn't pop 
up. Lisle and Emilie Turner live around the 
corner, as do Lisa Giiigon Shinberger, Lydia 
Goodwyn Ferrell, Mary Churchill Walker, 
Lucy Call, and Louise Nelson. I saw Louise 
in her WAAC uniform yesterday, but haven't 
yet had a chance to get the lowdown on Des 
Moines from her. Liz CopelanJ Norfleet, Nor- 
vell Roycr Orgain, Emma Riely, Julia Saun- 
ders, Ann Adamson are among others I have 
seen since coming here in June. 

Do keep up the good work and let me 
know how goes it with all of you. The first 
forty are initiated, so look out, the rest of 
you! The postcards are coming, and it's up 
to you! 



I urge everyone to contribute to the Alum- 
nae Fund this year with war stamps, thus 
serving two needs. 

Nancy's new job is secretary to the state 
director of Vocational Training for War 
Production Workers. (Editor) 

New addresses: 

Flora Austin, ex '3 1, is Mrs. Donald Borg, 
6S5 Summit Avenue, Hackensack, New 
Jersey. 

Dorothy Ayres (Mrs. John Eliot Holt), 
Hampton, Connecticut. 

Alice Barrows (Mrs. Stephen Francisco) 
c/o Stephen White & Co., 80 Broad Street, 
New York City. 

Eileen Fowler (Mrs. Robert Bardwell) 1422 
6th Street, South, Fargo, North Dakota. 

Elizabeth Greer, 2 5 Harmon Terrace, Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

Frances Quail is Mrs. William F. Eaton, 
365 1 Bedford Road, Detroit, Michigan. 

Virginia Street is Mrs. D. P. Stivey, 823 
Irma Street, Orlando, Florida. 

Elizabeth Wooledgc (Mrs. Howard B. Ham- 
ilton) 700 South 2Sth Street, Terre Haute, 
Indiana. 

Mary Robinson is Mrs. Gerard G. Barber, 
Hcathendale Road, Ardsley, New York. 

Ruth Sims (Mrs. Herbert A. Trask, Jr.) 
411 West 17th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Sarah Ward (Mr. H. H. Sargeant) Apart- 
ment 2-A, 34-41 78th Street, Jackson Heights, 
New York. 

Mary Morrison, 821 N. W. 40th Street, 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

1932 
Class Secretary: Alice Dabney Parker (Mrs. 
John C, Jr.), 309 First Avenue, Franklin, 
Virginia. 

Fund Agent: Virginia Squibb Flynn (Mrs. 
James) Box 83 1, Logan, West Virginia. 

Since you were officially informed in June 
that Nellie Nightingale Gleason was to be 
our new class secretary, I'm afraid it may be 
a shock to you to find that I'm it. It is also 
a shock to me, but army moves and un- 
certain addresses are responsible so I'll struggle 
on as manfully as I can. I had exactly four 
days in which to collect news, write it up, 
and send it in, and I consider myself lucky 
to have had one reply to my frantic post- 
cards. Next time, with everyone's help, I 
hope to do better. 

Edith Railey Dabney was the lady who 
answered by return mail — bless her! She 
says she's so involved in Red Cross, Bundles 
For Britain, C.D.V.O., etc., that she feels, 
and will soon look like, one of Helen Hokin- 
son's clubwomen. Unquote. When that hap- 
pens, Edith, send in a picture, and I know 
your amazed classmates will gladly defray 
expenses of publication in the News! Edith 
also reports that Eleanor Franke Crawford is 
now living in New Orleans, likes it im- 
mensely, and has a fetching daughter named 
Susan. 

From the alumnae office comes word that 
Ruth Kerr was in the 1st official training 
school for WAAC's at Fort Des Moines — now 
Lieutenant Kerr. 

The news I shall forthwith contribute on 
my own hook is mostly about my own par- 



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Magazines! 

Send your subscriptions now 
to all current magazines you 
plan to give for Christmas. 

China sale is seriously cur- 
tailed due to delivery problems. 
Your subscriptions will help us 
to make up that loss. Address — 
Alumnae Magazine Fund Chair- 
man, Sweet Briar College, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia. 



ticular friends. I'm sorry if this letter seems 
one-sided, but you can all help give it a 
universal note next time! 

Sally Aimuor/h Glass, whose husband is 
a newspaperman, has just moved to Atlanta 
from Birmingham. She says Dick is on a 
strange schedule of working hours at present, 
which has him laboring by night and sleeping 
by day, and Sally anticipates getting around 
to mopping the floor at about 2 a.m. in order 
to keep abreast of Richard. She wrote me 
that she had recently run into Em Green 
Moore in Rich's, where Em is Interior Deco- 
rator, and that they had luncheon and a very 
gay time together. 

Henrietta Bryan Alphin's husband is now 
assistant professor of anatomy at the Uni- 
versity of Virginia. 

Irene Kellogg is now over an attack of 
something or other which took her to Florida 
last winter for purposes of recuperation, and 
is on the job as before as a technician in the 
University of Virginia Hospital. 

Charlotte Magoffin has, I am sure, the class 
record for brothers in service. She boasts 
four! 

Betty Allen Magruder is interning at Char- 
ity Hospital in New Orleans, a tremendous 
place where she says she's getting splendid 
experience. 

Helen Pratt Graff and I had our own 
private tenth reunion here in June, and could 
easily have talked forty days and forty nights 
without stopping. Helen is very busy with 
a five-year-old son and three-year-old daugh- 
ter, a husband and an attractive house in 
Kensington, Maryland. She saw Marion Malm 
Fowler somewhere not so long ago, and said 
that Marion was looking lovely. 

Dot Smith Berkeley's husband has finished 
his course of naval training at Dartmouth, 
has just been sent to New York, and may be 
overseas before long; and Dot and the three 
children (two boys and a girl) are accom- 
panying him as far as the jumping-off place. 

Nancy Wilson Drewry has two children, 
Patricia and John Tyler. The latter is quite 
youthful — three months old, to be exact. 
They live in Alexandria. 

Sally ShallcnbcrgcT Brown has a third son, 
born in September. 



I have two daughters, one a year old and 
one nearly five, and of course I think they're 
quite astonishing. I am doing as much Red 
Cross work, etc., as I can, which is pain- 
fully little at this writing, as I am afflicted 
with a servant problem. ^Te drove our car 
into the garage months ago, and never take 
it out except in wild emergencies. Johnny and 
1 both have bicycles, and use them for all 
our goings and comings. 

Please, everyone, contribute to the Alumnae 
Fund. This will assure you of receiving three 
extra issues of the magazine, not to mention 
the fact that it will be a boost to Sweet Briar. 

My best to you all, 

Alice 

New Address: 

Helen Nightingale Gleason (Mrs. James A.) 
401 N. Seventh Street, McAllen, Texas. 

1933 

Class Secretary: Francis H. Atkinson, 22 
Berkeley Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

It's Brides and Babies, Husbands in the 
Service, and \t'ar ^"ork this time. Jane 
Pamelia Culbertson has a new status: "I was 
married in April to Julian M. Peeples, Jr., of 
Miami. We had been married just four months 
when he had to leave for the Army and he is 
now in the Army Air Force Technical Train- 
ing School, studying radio at Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota. I have moved back to my 
mother's and will stay here until I can join 
him when he finishes his training." 

In mid-August Mildred Redmond was mar- 
ried to Cornelius David Vaughan, United 
States Army. Milly, you will remember, had 
been assistant buyer for the curtain, drapery, 
and interior decorating departments of Davi- 
son-Paxon Company in Atlanta prior to her 
marriage. 

From a Sunday Neu- York Times I gleaned 
the following: Gotten Skinner married Will- 
iam Vass Shepherd of Miami, Florida, and 
Raleigh, North Carolina. After college Gotten 
received a certificate in music from the King- 
Smith Studio in U'ashington, Mr. Shepherd 
attended the Woodberry Forest School and 
was graduated from the University of North 
Carolina, where he also received his law de- 
gree. The William Shepherds are now living 
in Miami Springs, Florida. 

Lena Jones Craig has a daughter, Susan 
Heath Craig, born February 28, last. Emma 
Hills Melville was her house guest for a few 
days last May. 

Ella Jesse Latham, from Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia writes "Although I haven't seen any 
one In my class this summer, I've had quite 
a few letters of co-.gratulations which con- 
tained news. First, my son, Robert Edward 
Latham, Jr., was born June 1 4th. He's quite 
a husky boy by now and today doubled his 
birth weight. I think he's going to have my 
hair and curls, worse luck. My little girl, 
Penny, has such straight hair. 

Gail Shepherd Bean writes that her hus- 
band is a research doctor at Fort Knox and 
that she hopes to be able to join him with 
their son. 

Ella talked with Rose Beverley Bear Burke 
on the phone recently. She was on her way 



to Dartmouth where Martin was graduating 
from Naval Training School. 

Sue Graves Stubbs wrote that King, her 
husband, was building defense works. 

Ella's husband. Bob, is stilt teaching at 
Episcopal High School in Alexandria. 

Margaret Lanier Woodrum has another 
son born the last of June and her husband 
is stationed in Quantico. 

Lois Foster Moore is in Washington, her 
husband is in the Navy. Lois looks fine. 

Gin AlforJ Johnston, ex-'3 3 writes "News 
items as requested. Have just returned from 
a wonderful vacation at Sea Island, Georgia, 
the trip being my reward for having pro- 
duced my third bouncing baby last July 18. 
This time it's a bov named Oliver Perry 
Alford; he's adorable, and Chips and Brooke 
Trucker have accepted him wholeheartedly. 
Had a long and hectic winter filled with 
family operations and childish diseases, so we 
lee loose and had a grand time on our trip. 
My only disappointment was that I didn't 
have time to call any of the Chattanooga 
girls when we went through there. Aside from 
trodding on tin cans and binding up the 
family, my effort at war has been negligible. 
Perhaps I'll find more time this fall!" 

'Tis good to hear from Marlon Porter Ure, 
ex-'3 3, of Webster Groves, Missouri. "As we 
have moved recently, your letter was longer 
in reaching me. It is a pleasant place to live, 
but we shall always miss the East, for that 
is really horn-. 

"My only news is that since Sweet Briar 
heard of me last, I have had two children, 
Jean Stewart, who will be three in November, 
and Marguerite Louisa, born this past April. 
So you know without my telling you that my 
life is a busy one. We try to do our share for 
Civilian Defense, and the Red Cross, and my 
husband, busy in the steel business, seems 
to be needed more where he is than in the 
Army. 

"Do you, perchance, know anything about 
my room-mate, Mary Peters?" Ans. Mary is 
now Mrs. John Webster P. Huntington, 
Clarks Cove, Walpole, Maine. "We lost track 
of each other years ago, and I often wonder 
where and how she is. I'm afraid you are 
thinking I'm a poor Sweet Briarite, not that 
that is the case, for I hope my daughters will 
want to go there." Marion will be interested 
to know ihat Mary Helen Howell Hedenkamp 
lives in Kirkwood, not so far distant, at 131 
W, Bodley Avenue. 

Jo Kuckcr Powell from Ashland, Virginia, 
writes: "I have led a busy summer following 
Lewis about the country: three weeks in 
Miami Beach; two weeks in Harrisburg; I 
did not get a chance to go to Baton Rouge 
before they sent him to Fort Dix. I had five 
hectic days there waiting for the few hours 
he could spare me before he was sent over- 
seas as combat intelligence officer in the Army 
Air Force, A dismal two weeks passed with 
Berlin broadcasting about a convoy battle 
raging in the Atlantic before I heard he had 
arrived safely, where, I don't know. Between 
jaunts I have kept up my Junior League work 
at our Well Baby Clinic, and tried not to 
completely neglect my two little girls, four 
and a half and two. 



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Alumnae News 



"I have practically no news from other 
Briarites. Fran Powell Zoppa is instructing 
First Aid. Since I am living twenty-five miles 
out of town, it's hard to keep up with old 
friends. Therefore I am depending on you. 
Good luck!" 

Connie Murray Weller in Princeton, writes: 
"Sime Stockton Griswold is living in Prince- 
ton now, working with a rival real estate 
firm but just the same as she always was. 
Her husband is running his own pet inven- 
tion, a delivery — everything — everyhwere ser- 
vice. Life changes little for us — at least so 
far. Not in the service, yet — my husband is 
making planes, bigger, better and faster, I hope. 

Betsy Hiin McAllen ex-'32, is still in 
Princeton with her two great girls, but Bob 
has just left for Washington in an Army 
capacity of some kind. 

I am obliged to Charlotte Tamhlyn Tufts, 
who so kindly air mailed her bit of news 
from North Hollywood, California so that 
it would make the October first, deadline. 
"The Tufts have moved again. Nate is now 
head of the Hollywood radio department of 
Ruthrauff, Ryan, Inc. He came out and found 
a swell house for us, and I drove the two 
little boys out — some trip — never to be un- 
dertaken lightly. 

"The best news is that at last I've had a 
reunion with Martha Boss Luxford. She has 
two adorable children and looks eaxctly the 
same — you can imagine the gabbing we did. 

"We're out here permanently until 3 A's 
are drafted or the Japs move us out, which 
will be very hard, because I like my house 
and patio and California." 

Marv Buick wrote a letter about a month 
ago, telling about her job working in one of 
the Ford factories doing defense work, but it 
was lost in transit, unfortunately. "Sorry, 
Enna Frances (Brown) doesn't keep me in- 
formed of her doings, and I have no news 
of her. I hear Babs and her husband are in 
Washington. Gerry (Mallory) is busy in de- 
fense work and Hetty and Mac (Finn) are 
back at Shoreham, Long Island." 

Helen Martin laconically puts it: "I'm 
down here at Ocean City, New Jersey, on my 
vacation, but I expect to go right back to 
the same old job. Jane is at the in between 
stages of leaving one teaching position and 
accepting one of several offers." 

Lil Allison writes from Philadelohia. "I go 
to the Philadelphia Alumnae Association 
meetings once in a great while, see the Im- 
bries and a few other 3 3 *ers ... If I join 
the WAACS I'll let you know. Are there 
any Sweet Briar girls in Des Moines?" 

In the Boston Herald September 3 0, Made- 
line Hawes is the whole two-column news- 
paper box of feature with the caption, Design 
for Youth. "Probably going you-know-what 
at Fort Des Moines today is the Herald- 
Traveler's first WAAC, smooth, svelte ex- 
secretary Madeline Hawes. She's an Army- 
Information-Ccnter candidate for officer 
training. Since February, Madeline has been 
working at The Herald from 6 to midnight 
at the center two nights a week, plus every 
third Saturday night. Deciding, nevertheless, 
that she STILL was "letting George do it," 
Secretary Hawes determined to become 
WAAC Hawes. 



Change of Addresses: 

Gotten Skinner — Mrs. William V. Shepherd, 
3S6 De Leon Drive, Miami Springs, Florida. 

Marion Porter — Mrs. John Stewart Ure, 414 
E. Madison, Kirk wood, Missouri. 

Jo Rucker — Mrs. Lewis Franklin Powell, 
Jr., R. F. D. No. 2 "Bear Island", Ashland, 
Virginia. 

Charlotte Tamblyn — Mrs. Nathan A. Tufts, 
Jr., 4 5 4 S Areola Ave., North Hollywood, 
California. 

1934 
Class Secretary: Marjorie Lasar Hurd (Mrs. 
E. R., Ir.), 191 Stirling Drive, Orange, New 
Jersey. 

Fund Agent: Eleanor Alcott Bromley (Mrs. 
Harry H.I 2968 East 132nd Street, Cleveland, 
Ohio. 

I find I cannot hope to keep up with all 
the changes of address but I can keep trying. 
Here are some of the more recent ones. 
Farriss Gambrill Lynn whose husband is a 
lieutenant (j.g.)» is living in the Pontalba 
Apartments, 5 26 St. Peter Street in New 
Oreians; from what she says there is a perfect 
covey of Briarites there and she has seen 
Julie de CoUgny, Eleanor Franke Crawford, 
Ellen Pratt McGowin, and others. Alice Estill 
married Lieutenant Saint Julien Palmer Rose- 
mond of Miami in February and they are 
now stationed at Fort Benning where he is 
in the paratroops. Kitty Marshall was married 
in June to Robert Hamill; Debbie Ebaiigh 
Smith was her matron of honor and Eleanor 
Rust, mail of honor; her husband is a 
comptroller under Airways Traffic Control at 
La Guardia Field and their home address is 
the Mayfair Apartments, Northern Boulevard, 
Flushing, New York. Debbie writes that she 
and her husband spent a grand Labor Day 
week-end with them. 

We have several new babies and some not 
so new who are just being reported. Bonnie 
Wood Stookey's son, David Wood, was horn 
August 3 1; Marjorie Smith Zengel's daughter, 
Mary Catherine, is now a year old. Becky 
Strode Lee has an eight-months-old daughter 
and Betty Carter Clarke, a third son whose 
name she didn't tell me. Betty reports that 
Jo Fink Meeks and Mary Lewis Nelson Becker 
and respective husbands spent a week-end 
with them this summer and that Bonney 
McDonald Hatch and her husband are sta- 
tioned in Seattle. 

Ralph Ferriss, III, was born June 25 and 
Lydia says he's perfect. She and Julie saw 
each other when Julie was home for a visit 
in August. She told me that Alice Shirley 
is married to Alexander Moore, Jr. Nancy 
Butzner Leavell is home (Fredericksburg) 
while her husband is in service. Marie Lange 
Gaskell gave up her Civil Sevrice work a 
year and a half ago when her second son, 
Robert was born and is now a full-fledged 
housewife. 

Mitzi has joined the Woman's Club in 
Philadelphia and is lookine forward to a busy 
winter. Lib Ogilhy Sands has been in Glou- 
cester since August while her husband is in 
Naval School at Quonset. She will be there 
until the middle of October when he finishes 
his training and from then on it's any man's 



guess. Lib Scheuer Maxwell writes that Mary 
McCallum Nelll's husband is a captain in the 
in the Army and they are stationed in 
Augusta, Georgia; that Connie Burwell is 
working for Time, Inc.; that Mason Daniel 
Barrett has a small daughter; that Jo Fink 
has two daughters and Happy Meeks who is 
Mrs. Loren D. Ford is a U. S. censor in 
Honolulu. Thanks for your forbearance with 
me. Lib, and I'm still trying to figure out 
a way to get over. Emille Emory Washburn's 
husband Is a lieutenant In the Army and is 
stationed at the Newark Airport, New Jersey. 

Marie LePine is at the Officers Candidate 
School of the WAAC's. Mary McCandlish 
Livingston wrote that she is interested In a 
survey that could be made by the Alumnae 
Association. Here's what she says: "What 
part do Sweet Briar alumnae take in local 
and national government? and are they taking 
a full enough part? I feel that the interest / 

and belief in democracy as a workable 
sysem of government is declining in this 
country to a discouraging, If not dangerous 
extent. We talk about the Student Govern- 
ment system as educating S. B. C. girls to take 
part In political affairs. Why shouldn't it 
be a requirement that every senior who has 
reached the age of 2 1 by January 1 of her 
senior year should be a qualified voter in her 
home community and that the others should 
know what they must do in order to register 
ct cetera?" 

Nan Russell Carter and her husband went 
on a camping trip this summer Into Canada. 
Helen Hanson Bamford is busy with her two 
boys, one getting over a tonsillectomy in 
June, the other a mastoid in July, all makes 
for a very cosv summer. 

I hate to be tiresome about this Orange 
business but so many of you want to know 
how come? well Rhea is in business in 
Newark and I am in housekeeping In Orange. 
Also have an eight month's old son, David 
Crabb, in case you missed that, too and I 
don't want anyone to miss that; I keep 
getting tantalizlngly close to a lot of *34-ers 
and have pledged myself to get to New York 
for Sweet Briar Day If I have to go squaw- 
fashion. 

By the way, I sent cards to everyone this 
time and certainly hoped for a better return, 
there are a few of you whom I haven't heard 
from In literally years and can anybody tell 
me anything about Dot Andrews, Betty Bryce 
Smith, Anne Corbitt Little, Amy Davies, 
Satilla Franklin Means, Marlon Gwaltney 
Hall, Sally Uerritt Brentnall, Elizabeth May- 
field Chapman, Fig Newton, Ruth Pinkham 
Nix, Kathleen Spiller, Mary Evelyn Woods 
LItrell? 

Please excuse the oversight in the first part 
of the column but I meant to tell you that 
Fran Darden Musick has a little boy, John 
Darden, born last December. 

Jean Sprague has resigned her job at Sweet 
Briar and is now working in Washington, 
D. C. at the National Archives. Her address 
Is 130 B Street, Washington, D. C. 

Please, when we are all being moved about 
like checkers, keep in touch with me from 
time to time and I'll try to keep the record 
straight. 



October, 1942 



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New Addresses: 

Charlotte Lee Lauck, 2019 Park Avenue, 
Riclimond, Virginia. 

Mary Lcc Ryan Strother, c/o Lt. C. P. 
Strother, B.O.C. No. 64. F.A.S., Fort Sill. 
Oklahoma. 

Bonnie Wood Stookcy, 3H East 68th Street, 
New York. 

Marjorie Smith Zengel, 4026 Palmyra Street, 
New Orleans, Louisiana. 

193J 

Class Secretary: Hflfn Wolcott, 19 West 
Kirke Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland. 
Fund Agcnf: Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle 
(Mrs. Edward, Jr.) c/o Mrs. J. A. Strick- 
land, 5 15 19th Ave. N. E., St. Petersburg. 
Florida. 

It's been such fun hearing from you all 
I'm In favor of a vacation soon again for 
Woolly. Just received a card from her and 
she's having a gay time touring the country- 
side. She's been with Gen Grossman Stevens 
In Cleveland for three days and to quote 
her "Leslie Gale is quite a young lady and 
a darling. Gen looks well and has a most 
attractive apartment". From there she's going 
to Indianapolis and back to Richmond. News 
from Mary Marks, who is now Supervisor 
of Civilian Mobilization In the State O.C.D., 
and located in Richmond at least when not 
speech making about the state. Her office Is 
concerned with health, nutrition, consumer 
problems and everything else that does not 
hitch directly to protective services such as 
wardens, etc. It sounds like a fascinating job, 
Mary. A grand letter from Becky Young 
Frazer. She's been doing a great deal of war 
work, supervisor for Red Cross surgical dress- 
ings and doing publicity for the Atlanta Hos- 
pitality Committee for service men. To say 
nothing of a successful victory garden and 
a stenographic course on the side. Johnnie 
Kimball Miller's husband Is In the army and 
she hopes to join him at Fort Benning soon. 
Last spring she saw Mary Lou Hunt and 
Maude Wiubornc Leigh in Virginia while they 
were stationed there. Sue Strassburger Ander- 
son is moving to Florida. She and Fred vaca- 
tioned on Long Island and I hear little 
Veronica is a dream. Mary Frances Willis is 
working for the Red Cross as secretary to the 
Director of Nutrition Service and is living in 
Alexandria, Virginia. Jane Mitchell Robeson 
has a daughter, Molly Applcgate Robeson, 
born on July twenty-third. Joyce Hobart 
Bullard has a daughter born last June. They 
have moved to Germantown, New York 
where her husband is teaching. Our class 
seems to be doine right well! Alice McCAoskey 
Schlendorf reports news of a seven-months 
old son, John, Jr. They arc moving to Cleve- 
land. Hester Kraemer Avery is at Fort Sill, 
Oklahoma. She and ^Immy had a wonderful 
vacation at the Broadmoor In Colorado Springs 
and went b.ick by way of New Mexico. Hester 
has been studying Spanish and is singing in 
a quartet Sundays — to say nothing of taking 
care of a young son, knitting for Red Cross 
and a lot more. Such ambition. Sallle Vliut 
von Kann has a son, Curtis Emery, born this 
September. Alice Laubach has a wonderful 



job with the Casein Company of America — 
a division of the Borden Company. She Is a 
chemist and is in charge of Casco glue — so 
says she, "I'm trying to learn all about glues". 
The factory is located In Bainbrldge, New 
York. I saw Alice last June and we spent an 
all too short week-end together. Alice looks 
fine and loves her career. Gen Grossman 
Stevens spent a month in New York last 
summer visiting her family. She saw Ruth 
Gill Wickcns and her cute young blond son. 
Vallance. She and Cynthia Harbison Heye got 
together and Cynthia is studying music again 
and manages to practice. Joan Bessclict re 
Boley left for Rio last February. She had 
just finished her course at Columbia and 
was among the last civilians to fly back. 

A letter from Claudia Montague Sweeney 
tells of her taking on a full-time job as 
Certifying Officer for the W.P.A. In the 
Virgin Islands. Claudia says, "The job really 
calls for a trained social worker. Since I 
h.idn't any specific training in that field, 
I was sent to Puerto Rico for a short period 
of training In the various offices on the 
Island." 

Ann Spiers is a member of the first group 
of probationary officers at the U. S. Naval 
Training School, Smith College. Ann received 
her ensign's commission on September thirtieth. 

Anne Baker's engagement was recently an- 
nounced to Howard L. Gerhart. They plan 
to be married soon. 

Pat Whifford Allen 

New Addresses: 

Sallle Flint von Kann, 245 Tarragona Way, 
Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Dorothy Barnum Venter, 115 Water 
Street, New Haven, Connecticut. 

1936 

Class Secretary: Lillian Cabell Gay, Mrs, 

J. R., 3412 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond, 

Virginia. 

Vund Agent: Margaret Camffbcll Usher 

(Mrs. D. K.) 142 East 57th Street, New 

York, New York. 

Dear Class of 1936: 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott has been working 
on her future home in the country, operating 
an incinerator for a month without even 
getting to the attic's store of trash. Her 
husband is now a Captain in the office of 
Procurement in Richmond. Young Fred 
boasts his second visit to the barber's and is 
growing steadily and happily. 

Maria Gray Valentine Curtis is in Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island, spending two week-ends 
with Ted, who is at Quonset Training Station. 
She's given up her apartment and moved to 
her mother's. 

Katherinc Lorraine Hyde has been staying 
in Chicago while Frank was in training at 
Northwestern, and they spent the fourth of 
July week-end with Anna dcGra§ Cross at 
her new residence, 133 Irene Street, Nccnah, 
Wisconsin. Kitty is now dividing her time 
between Richmond and North Carolina, 
where her husband is on naval duty. 

Jo Ruckcr Powell's husband, Lewis, has 
landed "somewhere" safely and she is staying 
with her mother. Fran Voicell Zoppa is the 
new president of the Alumn.ae Club In Rich- 



mond and had an interesting program for the 
first meeting October 13. 

Logan Phinizy Johns spent about two 
months in Richmond this summer, giving 
Bill's family a chance to become acquainted 
with their blue-eyed grandson. Logan also 
visited Marion Cox Luck, who has moved 
into a lovely new house in Windsor Farms. 

Libby Hartridge spent her vacation with 
Pinkie and Fred Scott, and after a thorough 
workout clearing the wood shed won Pinkie's 
recommendations for assistance in the farm 
labor shortage. Libby had spent a week-end 
with Nancy Parsons Jones and reports 
Nancy's house, daughter, and husband in 
good order and fascinating. She reports Alma 
Martin Rotnem's babv the world's most beauti- 
ful — so handsome that some magazine fea- 
tured him in a story about hcalthv, happy 
children. 

Margaret Bradley Forsyth has a daughter. 
Her husband is in the Navy. For these above 
Items I'm most beholden to Pinkie; and for 
some of the following, to Margaret Campbell 
Usher. 

Jean Gilbert Moister and husband have 
bought a house at 2227 Briarwood Road, 
Charlotte, North Carolina. They took their 
young daughter to Summit, New Jersey for 
a ten day visit over Labor Day. 

Mary Agnes Young was planning to go 
to Santa Domingo for some government job, 
having worked in the State Department in 
Washington for experience after giving up 
her job with Best & Co. 

Happy Aycock was married August 12 to 
Thomas Bernard McCuster, Jr., and is bliss- 
fully happy in their apartment facing the 
river at 125 Beacon Street, Boston. A deco- 
rator is doing the apartment over. Happy is 
still working. 

Peg Usher found that quite a few pos- 
sessions have collected in the past three years 
when they recently moved to 142 East 3 7th 
Street In New York where they have a 
roomier apartment. She and Don spent their 
vacation at Annisquam where their future 
home is near completion. 

Sara Donghtie Crile has bought a house, 
22 1 9 Elandon Drive, in Cleveland, where 
she, her husband, and young son are very 
happy. Her most exciting news she says, is 
the celebration of junior's first birthday this 
October. 

Marjorie Wing Todd has moved on the 
station hospital grounds and has taken a large 
house, which they've managed to keep filled 
with company in the past few weeks. Their 
address Is now U. S- Marine Hospital, Staten 
Island, New York. She reports that Margaret 
Upton White has a namesake born recently. 

Last April Carol Straus Wcy moved into 
J duplex apartment 252 West View Street, 
Harrisonburg, Virginia and enjoys her more 
spacious quarters now that they have an addi- 
tion to the family. She has taken First Aid 
and Nutrition courses for the Red Cross, and 
when I last heard, her husband was about 
to enter the Army. 

An announcement has just arrived, intro- 
ducing Masy Marshall Owen who was born 
September 29. Fran Baker Owen's husband is 
in the medical corps In the Army. 



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Alumnae News 



For reasons which would be censored if 
given, this column does not have as many 
specific items as is desirable. However, the 
general news is somewhat the same for each 
of us — husbands far away, everyone doing 
their utmost to find the best channel for 
their war efforts, and all hoping for a speedy 
end to this war. Let's keep closely afliliated 
with our Alma Mater, using the magazine to 
share ideas for war work, and contributing 
towards the present college generation's prep- 
aration to meet the future. Please try to re- 
turn the cards that are still at large and vol- 
unteer any news you know. I am most appre- 
ciative for the support you have given in the 
past year. 

Lillian 
1937 
No Class Secretary 

Fund Agcnf: Kate Shaffer Hardy (Mrs. 
Frank A.) Box 242, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Isabel Olmstcad Haynes is now publicity 
supervisor for the advertising agency where 
she began as a file clerk. Her work now 
consists of conferences with clients, writing 
captions for magazine articles, or taking the 
cast of "Life Can Be Beautiful" down to 
New York's East Side for photographs. 

Margaret MacKae Allen was on campus 
for a few days this fall. She had Just returned 
from Shanghai by way of Portugese East 
Africa. The trip lasted from June twenty- 
ninth to August twenty-fifth — exactly eight 
weeks. Margaret had to leave her husband in 
Shanghai as the repatriation ship she was on 
was for American citizens only and her hus- 
band is British, However, Margaret's father 
came with her to the United States. Margaret 
is now living in Richmond at 1204 West 
Forty-second Street. 

Frances Johnson's engagement has been an- 
nounced to Lieutenant James Douglas Finley. 

1938 
Class Secretary: Claire Handerson Chapin, 
-"Mrs. Carroll Horton) 22701 Fairmount 
Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Frances Cori/c5 Hoffman (Mrs. 
Franklin D.) Watson Court, Union Street, 
Petersburg, Virginia. 
Dear People: 

My offering this time is rather meager, but 
contains some exciting bits about some of 
the girls from whom we haven't heard in a 
long time. 

Weddings still get first notice, of course. — 
On the second of September, Nancy Old (ex- 
'3 8 ) was married to Lieutenant Blair Gray 
Mercer of the United States Naval Reserve. 
The wedding took place in Charleston, South 
Carolina. 

Anne B. Spence (ex-'38) became Mrs. Law- 
rence Franklin Eyerly sometime during the 
latter part of June. 

Recently the postman brought me news 
of Jinnie Faulkner's marriage to Mr. William 
Gordon Mathews, Jr. The wedding took place 
on the twenty-third of September, in Charles- 
ton, West Virginia. 

A long letter from Jessie Silvers Bennett 
put me up to date on what she is doing these 
days. She enclosed a snapshot of their cun- 



ning wirchaired puppy, "Squeegie". — He looks 
like a minx and from his fond "mama's" 
description of his antics I gather that he's 
quite a handful of dynamite. According to 
Jesse, she and Ed have really settled down 
into respected citizens of Statesville, North 
Carolina, and Jesse is doing more than her 
share of work at the Woman's Club, the 
Church, and Red Cross. 

Dolly "Nic" Tate wrote a grand long 
letter full of news about herself and other 
3 8ers. You knew, of course, about the ar- 
rival on February first, of Caroline Wilson 
Tate? And Dolly also brings me news of 
Smeady's little girl, who put in an appear- 
ance sometime last April. Sweet Briar cer- 
tainly won't be lacking registrants in 19S8! 
Dolly went on to say that she sees Rilma 
Wilson quite often, and the latter is most 
enthusiastic about her work in the Radiology 
Department of the Charlotte Memorial Hos- 
pital. 

Elinor Wilson Gammon writes from Lynch- 
burg, that her husband is flying out in 
Australia. Her letter was written in July, 
and at that time she was hoping he'd be 
home soon, as he'd been out there since last 
February. 

Maud Tucker Drane has been in Cleveland 
for fleeting moments this summer, in between 
frequent trips to Tennessee and Virginia. 
However, recently she left Cleveland in a 
flurry of excitement to meet Hardy on the 
west coast. He's been in Hawaii, you know, 
but goodness knows where they'll be located 
i.cw! 

That's about all for the present, I continue 
to keep busy with the usual round of activi- 
ties, and my most active Connie. Carroll and 
I did manage to slip away for two weeks in 
the Adirondacks this September, but from 
now on we'll be staying close to home. Please 
everyone keen the Alumnae Fund and the 
February issue of the Alumnae News in 
mind and don't forget that reunion next 
June. Guess I'll save my bicycle tires for that 
trip to Sweet Briar. How about the rest of 
you? 

P.S. — Captain and Mrs. C. J. Siegrist, Jr. 
(Bessie Lee Garbee) announce the birth of 
Clifford Joseph Siegrist, III, on August 5. 

New Addresses: 

Nancy Old Mercer — 3 Stoll's Alley, 
Charleston, South Carolina. 

F. J. Faulkner Mathews — 4008 Venable 
Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia. 

Dolly Nicholson Tate (Mrs. John, Jr.) 548 
West End Blvd., Winston-Salem, North Car- 
olina. 

1939 
Class Secretary: Anne Benedict, Highland, 
Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey. 
Fund Agent: Janet Thorpe, SO Heywood 
Road, Pclham Manor, New York. 
Dear '3 9: 

There are so many scoops for this issue that 
I hardly know where to begin — but maybe 
the youngsters should be first. Happy James 
Wathen and Betsy Ihirhatn Goodhue are 
the proud mamas of fine sons — Master Rich- 



ard Hill Wathen was born in Charlotte, 
North Carolina on July 13 th, and Betsy's 
little boy was born in the same month in 
Richmond, Virginia. Both wives have now 
rejoined their naval officer husbands. Happy 
and Dick are out in the Middle West — Chi- 
cago I believe — and stopped in New York 
for a day or two on their way. Henri Minor 
Hart and her husband saw the Wathens and 
say that they look fine. (Henri by the way 
has a darling new aoartment up on East 
76th Street — No. 231 — in the big city — and 
as soon as she is settled she has promised to 
fry me some chicken from her Father's Vic- 
tory garden-and-chicken-coop.) 

Betsy and little Albie also stopped in New 
York en route from Richmond to Boston 
where Albie, Sr., is stationed once again. 
Betsy's train was due in at noon, and she had 
planned to see some of the gals before board- 
ing the evening train for Boston, but the 
train was so late that she just had time to 
get over to Grand Central. 

I had a nice note from Anne Harrison — 
now Mrs. Robert Mott Brown. She was mar- 
ried in June, 1941, and is living in Sylacauga, 
Alabama where Rob is working for Dupont 
Co. (P.S. — Annie explained to me that Syla- 
cauga is 50 miles outside of Birmingham, 
where she has seen Lillian Fowlkes and Tish 
Seibels, *41). Th^ Browns have a daughter 
named Elizabeth, born May 3 0th, 1942. 

Julie Saunders made a flying trip to New 
York recently — but unfortunately I didn't 
see her to get all the latest news about herself 
and Richmond. I do know, however, that she 
was about to start a new job. — And that 
she's having a gay old time in Richmond. 

Marty Lane was married on October 
1 0th to Mr. James Kennedy Wark of Ger- 
mantown, Pennsylvania. The wedding was 
held in the afternoon in a little church in 
Devon, and the reception following the cere- 
mony was at the Lane's home in Westtown. 

Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. Thomas Debevoise — 
(Ruthie MacFarlane, ex-'3 9,) are stationed 
in Baltimore, and Ensign and Mrs. William 
Frampton — (Ellie George, ex-*3 9,^ have re- 
cently been transfer-— d from Ithaca to Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts. Ellie hopes to come 
down to visit me sometime this fall — I 
haven't seen her since she and Bill left for 
New Orleans two years ago! 

Jean Rodenbaugh, ex-*3 9, is engaged to Mr. 
Henry A. Soleliac, Jr., and Elizabeth Ruch, 
ex-'3 9, is Mrs. Frederick Raymond Zulch. 
Elizabeth is a graduate of Pratt Institute and 
is working with the Simplicity Pattern Com- 
pany in New York. 

Ruth Harman was married recently to 
Lieutenant Arthur Lowell Keiser, Jr., United 
States Arm", and Kay Ortel is now Mrs. 
Robert Sanford Osborne and is living in 
Chicago. 

I had a lovely four-section-series of post- 
cards from Yvonne Leggett Dyer this sum- 
mer. She and Dann- are living at 4-207 
Eastern Avenue, Mt. Rainier, Maryland, just 
outside of Washington where Danny is work- 
ing on sugar rationing for the O.P.A. Vonnie 
loves Warhineton, and says that there are 
Briarites bv the thousand there, as well as 
Cavaliers. Knox and Eve Williams Turnbull, 



October y 1942 



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Jack and Agnes Spencer Burke, Sam and Betty 
Lee Kopper, Janie Hopkins Haynes, and her 
husband and Merrill and Canny Lancaster 
Pasco, are among the many. I understand 
that Mary Mackintosh has recently gone to 
Washington to work for the Navy. Lottie 
Lewis visited Washington recently and Vonnic 
said that they had a marvelous time chatting 
about .-11 the latest. 

Last minute flashes obtained from phone 
conversations with Janie Parker and Henri 
. . , Jean McKenney Stoddard writes that 
she and Johnnie are forsaking their orchid 
strewn patio-ed cottage for a house further 
outside of Call (Colombia, South America.) 
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Bunn Woodward 
(Shirley Jones) are the proud parents of a 
bouncing baby girl, born in August I be- 
lieve. Mary Frances Buchanan Flowers, Henny 
Collier Armstrong and Mary Treadway 
Washburn can all be reached now at their 
parents' homes, as their respective husbands 
are all in the service far, far away. 

Gertrude Robertson Midlen has a son, John 
Midlen, Jr., born the first of October. Ruth 
Harman Keiser recently spent the week-end 
with Helen Davis. Ruth and Arthur flew to 
Oklahoma City the day after their marriage 
and drove on to Colorado Springs via Santa 
Fe. 

Please, all of you, make a November reso- 
lution to send me a penny postal sometime 
soon with the latest news about yourself and 
the gals you've seen. 'Til then, best of every- 
thing and don't forget the Alumnae Fund. 

New Addresses: 

Ruth Harman Keiser (Mrs. Arthur Lowell, 
Jr.) Apartment B, 1100 Glen Avenue, Col- 
orado Springs, Colorado. 

Gertrude Robertson Midlen, Box 237, War- 
renton, Virginia. 

Mary Mackintosh, 1906 Florida Avenue 
N. W., Washington, D. C. 

Ann Parks, U.S.N. R. Training School, 
Northampton, Massachusetts. 

1940 
Class Secretary: Nida Tomlin Watts (Mrs. 
Robert C, Jr.) 262S Handasyde Court, Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. 

L'und Agent: Constance Currie, 698 West 
End Avenue, New York, New York. 

From my ringside seat on any bus in the 
Nation's Capitol, I have seen much and heard 
even more. Washington might be the pro- 
verbial "Tower of Babel" now, but it is 
definitely exciting. Sweet Briar lassies always 
seem to be on the alert. At any rate, a large 
number of them are here working or married 
to someone in the service. I have never missed 
seeing at least one Briarite a day. The first 
five minutes in town, I saw Mimi Worthing- 
ton standing on a street corner. Later on, 
Yvonne Leggett Dyer, still looking like A-1 
Ma- Court material, was seen striding around 
Dupont Circle. 

Betty Lee Kopper has a darling new red 
brick colonial house in Arlington. The house 
is merely an added pleasure compared to Miss 
Elizabeth Marshall Kopper, who said hello 
to her Mother on August eleventh. Merrill 
Pasco, Jr., Canny 's handsome son, is already 



making dates with Miss Kopper, fishing 
around for a May Day bid! Kitty Estes John- 
son has a small bundle of loveliness who 
appeared the latter part of Aueust. Frances 
Moses Turner is proud of her daughter named 
after her sister, Mary. Frances and Lawson 
are stationed at Camp Breckinridge. The first 
week in Septemb:.-, Stuart Hensley Woodward 
also had a daughter named Stuart, Tunior. 

Emory had a beautiful wedding in June and 
is now Mrs. Carrington Willaims, Jr. Dr. 
Williams is an interne at the Boston City 
Hospital. Elinor Bosworth is Mrs. David K. 
Spitler. Betty Jane Hammer is married to 
Ensign Donald C. Morrell. Sandra Booth was 
married to Mr. Ralph F. Anderson on Sep- 
tember twelfth in Akron. Coralie Kahn be- 
came Mrs. Michael P. Ferro on August eighth. 
She was married in the beautiful Leland 
Stanford Chapel at Palo Alto, and is now 
living in Berkeley, California. I am at last 
Mrs. Robert Crenshaw Watts, Jr. We have 
moved twice in a month and left for a 
quick trip to the West Coast last week. 
After seeing Bob ofi^ to sea, I shall return to 
Cincinnati. 

Anne Adamson's engagement has been an- 
nounced to Dr. Robert H. Taylor of Maple- 
wood, New Jersey. Dr. Taylor graduated 
from Dartmouth and Medical College of 
Virginia. The wedding will be a small one 
late in October. Katherine Hill will marry 
John S. Apperson. Jean White's engagement 
has been announced to Ensign Edward L. 
Bax. Reba Smith is engaged to Dr. George 
Gromel. Virginia Allison who left Sweet Briar 
sophomore year and graduated from Syra- 
cuse University will marry Lieutenant Hubert 
B. Haywood, Jr. 

Flo Merrill is the only person in existence 
who has left Washington for a job in New 
York. While waiting for curb service at a 
Hot Shoppe, Flo arrived at the car instead of 
a hamburger. I also had an all too short 
conversation with Clara Sasscer on the street. 
Connie Chalkley Kittler is living in Alex- 
andria, enjoying life in general and cooking 
in particular. Agnes Spencer Burke has just 
had an exquisite portrait painted, wearing red 
velvet and looking wonderfully intelligent 
and regal. Agnes' husband will go to sea 
sometime this fall. She will return to Duluth 
for a while at least. Eve Williams Turnbull 
is busy keeping her perfect apartment per- 
fect and doing Civilian Defense work, Jane 
Hopkii\, Hanes had a group of us to lunch 
in her stunning new apartment. Jane looks 
fine and has entirely recovered from her 
recent illness. Mary Lee Settle Weathersbee 
was working here, but had an emergency 
appendectomy end has since returned to 
Charleston to rest and relax. Her son, Christo- 
pher is reported to look like a child star from 
Hollywood. Her husband is with the Com- 
mandos in England. 

Jane Goolrick is still working in New 
York. She has just moved down to 209 Six- 
teenth Street with Allan Bagby. They are 
living with ten other girls in a house en- 
dowed by St. George's Episcopal Church. 
Jeanne Harris graduated with "ix others from 
the Newark Museum Apprentice Class. Jeanne 
is at present working in the Metropolitan 



Museum of Art in the Department of Educa- 
tion and Extension. Peggy Caperton took 
time off from her job with J. Walter Thomp- 
son and Company to attend her sister's wed- 
ding in Miami, From Florida, Peggy went to 
Charleston, West Virginia and spent several 
pleasant days there. 

Blair Bunting Both moved to Radford, 
Virginia, a short time ago. She expects to be 
there until December. Parge Woods Gillette 
has been all over the United States. At the 
moment, she and John are stationed at Walnut 
Ridge, Arkansas. Phoopy and Henry Living- 
ston have been tearing around the country, 
too. They expect to be in Nashville for some 
time though. Henry was put in the Ferry 
Command when he graduated September sixth. 

Olivia Davis has been accepted by the 
WAVES and arrived in Northampton Octo- 
ber 6. Olivia studied at the School of Drama, 
Yale University, and at Katharine Gibbs. 

New Addresses: 

Elinor Bosworth Spitler (Mrs. David K.) 
3 601 Glencarin Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio. 

Betty Jane Hammer Morrell (Mrs. Donald 
C.) 2728 Henry Hudson Parkway, New York. 




Lieutenant Anne Conant receives commission 
in the presence of Mrs. Hobby. Anne is 
assigned to the Boston Air Defense Wing. 

1941 
Class Secretary: Joan de Vore 313S Victoria 
Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Fund Agent: Patricia Dowling, 1 222 
Kemble Street, Utica, New York. 
My Chicks: 

You'd all be surprised how romance has 
flourished since the last time I took pen in 
hand. In fact it seems to be the main subject 
of this treatise. 

Phyllis Carr h-s announced her engage- 
ment to Captain William A. Beinhorn, Jr. 
Chec-Chce Brown-Scrman is engaged to Lieu- 
tenant Colin MacRaj, L^nited States Medical 
Corps, Army, who is stationed at Fort Mon- 
roe, Virginia. Chcc-Chee writes that after the 
wedding on October tenth they will be living 
at the Fort. Allen Bagby will be an attendant. 

Marrianne White was married September 
twelfth to Ensign Southgate Fuller. They 
are living in New York where he is stationed. 
Tish Seibels, the queen, was the bride 



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on October fourteenth. She married John 
L. Frothingham, who is with Dupont in 
Birmingham. Tish's sister was maid-of- 
honor, with Pickard and Martha Jean Brooks 
as bridesmaids. Emory Hill w-s married 
on October thirteenth to Lieutenant (j-g-) 
David Ferrell Rex. 

Margaret Craighill is now Mrs. "William 
A. Dorney, Jr. Margaret Wilson is Mrs. David 
E. Newbold. Martha Ingles is married to 
Captain John R. Schrader, Jr., and now living 
at Camp Davis, North Carolina. Janie Love- 
land was married to Captain William E. 
Byerts, Jr., on September twelfth, and they 
are living in Montclair, New Jersey. Lil 
Fowlkes is Mrs. H. Tyler Taylor, Jr., and is 
living at Yorktown, Virginia. Emory Hill 
was her maid-of-honor and Franny Baldwin 
and Tish Seibels were bridesmaids. Lucy 
Parton was married October tenth to 
Laymon Newsom Miller of EI Paso. Joanne 
Lily was maid-of-honor. Lucy and her 
husband plan to live in Cambridge, Massa- 
chusetts. 

Dottie White skillfully typed me a very 
newsy letter, something she learned at Katie 
Gibbs, no doubt. She reports a gay time at 
Joan Myers Riese's wedding. Lou Lembeck 
and her hus^-md, Do Albray, Bobbie Clark, 
Marrianne White, Lucy Parton and Dottie 
were all there. Joan's husband is now in the 
Army and she is going to join him in Denver. 
Bobbie is working in a bank in Chicago, and 
Do for an insurance company in New York. 
Dottie says Barbara Holman expects to get 
married in November. 

When Franny Baldwin isn't in a wedding, 
(she's been in five since February) she's a 
right busy woman — volunteer secretary for 
the Alabama Episcopal Army-Navy Com- 
mission, ofiSce work for Red Cross, and work 
at the Children's Hospital. She writes that 
Mimi Worthington is with the Federal Bureau 
of Communications, and that Shirl Devine is 
still worrying over war work and Junior 
League. 

Pi Dowling sent me a most official looking 
communication from the Oneida County Ra- 
tioning Board where she is a secretary — con- 
cerned with sugar, tires, and gas. She says 
she has tangled with the toughest of truck 
drivers and written billions of letters. 

Ellie DamgarJ Firth, from a vantage point 
near Sweet Briar, says she was on hand for 
the newest Aints and Asses starring vehicle. 
She says Swede is trying for Voluntary Offi- 
cers' Training, and doesn't know just where 
she should turn. Lucy Lloyd is working on 
the farm, and actually doing a man's job; 
and selling War Bonds and Stamps on the side. 

Mary James has been with a summer the- 
atre in Hopewell Junction, New York and 
from a wonderfully long letter, I gather she's 
learning the trade completely and thoroughly. 

Peg Tomlin has joined the ranks of busi- 
ness school. Peg was busy this summer as 
maid-of-honor in Nida's wedding and brides- 
maid in Lloyd Lanier's. Butch is threatening 
to invade the mysteries of typing and short- 
hand this fall, as well as continue her Red 
Cros3 work. 

Pick reports she was in Birmingham and 
then saw Mag Andericni Dortch in Nashville. 
She says that Cyn Harrison Drinkwater writes 



blissfully from Key West, where she is to 
be for soi..e time. 

As for me, 'Im still earning my bread and 
butter. I applied for the WAVES, but the 
old eyes kept me out — the same was true with 
Lucy and Charlie. 

The best comes last — Barbie Neietis Wick- 
erham has a baby girl, Wendy, born in 
August and Louise Kirk Headley, a daughter, 
too, Margaret Dalton, in September. 

New Address: 

Patricia Dowling, 1222 Kemble Street, 
Utica, New York. 

Wilma Ze;:ler, 2849 29th ^treet, N. W., 
Washington, D. C. 

1942 
Class Secretary: Helen Sanford. The Bar- 
bizon, 140 East Sixty-third Street, New York, 
New York. 

Vnnd Agent: Eugenia Burnett, c/o Maret 
School, 2118 Kalorama Road, Washington, D.C. 

You all have been so wonderful about 
answering that I am completely bewildered 
(not to say terrified) by the amount of in- 
formation I must cover; the only redeeming 
feature being that it will leave me little space 
in which to sparkle with lively conversation 
(apologies to Helen Mac). 

Among the members of the young unmar- 
ried set there seem to be two main occupa- 
tional divisions — those who study, and those 
who work (gainfully). Secretarial and busi- 
ness schools are most popular this year. Their 
ranks include Rufus Pierson, Diana Stout, 
Gege Moomaw, Jan Darby, Laura Graves, 
Sally Schall and Charles Lindsay — all of whom 
are attending various schools in various places, 
which I shall name upon request, only. 

Pursuing other types of study are Nancy 
Davis and Nan Taylor, who are working for 
their respective teachers' certificates; Jeanne 
Buzby, Toppin Wheat and Bobbie Ripley, all 
studying for M.A. degrees; Duggins, studying 
pre-med., and Phoebe Overstreet, studying 
psychology — both at George Washington Uni- 
versity; and Pat Brightbill, taking a techni- 
cian's course at Pennsylvania University. 

Those employed in the business world are 
numerous — too i.umerous, in fact, to list al- 
together. Swede is working in her father's 
office in St. Paul, Debbie Wood at Lord and 
Taylor's, Phyl Sherman at Altman's; Joanne 
Oberkirch at the Manhasset branch of Best's. 
Gloria is teaching kindergarten. Ruth Jaquot 
is a reporter for the Wilmington (Delaware) 
Morning News. Lucy Call works at the Chil- 
dren's Memorial Clinic in Richmond. Eugie 
Burnett, Eloise English, Dotty Hutchlngs, and 
Alice King are working for the government. 
Alice is working at Langley Field; Eugie in 
the Office of Price Administration. Bundy is 
working in the Public Relations Section of 
the Norfolk Office of Civilian Defense. Irene 
Mitchell has a job with the Wilson Election 
Board and Eddie Syska with the Co-ordinator 
of Inter-American Affairs, here in New York. 
Ann Morrison is a college advisor at Millner's. 
Oggle works in the photographic laboratory 
of a camera shop; and Kipple Coleman has a 
position with the SheafFer Pen Company in 
Fort Madison. Grace Lanier is a receptionist 
in the army hospital at Camp Campbell, Ken- 
tucky. Ruth Hensley and Edie Brainerd are 
working in their respective fathers* offices; 



Kay Coggins works In a doctor's office in 
addition to attending business school and 
doing volunteer work at the Children's Clinic 
in San Francisco. Daphne has a job at the 
Harvard Business School and Grace Bugg is 
a junior social worker in Richmond. Elllane 
Farreli is a secretary and French translator 
in a New York Import firm. Betsy Chamber- 
lain and Ringer have been accepted by the 
WAVES. Janet Lee Appell is working with 
the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company. Jean 
Hamer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the 
University of Cincinnati and has a job with 
the Wright Aeronautical Company, and Kelly 
is working at the Blackland Army Flying 
School in Waco, Texas. 

Mai'garet Preston is working for Pan- 
American Airways in Miami where work 
starts at 4:00 a.m. Her address is 179 S. E., 
Twelfth Street, Miami, Florida. 

Ann Sequin, Mimi Etheridge, Belle Gardner 
and Agnes Colcord Jeffries are here at Katie 
Gibbs with me. 

I have devised this composition very, very 
early in the morning (a habit acquired in 
Virginia) , and if I have made mistakes, for- 
give them (and correct them) , please. They 
may be charged partly to Katharine Gibbs, 
where three days of slaving have already 
taken their toll of my mentality. Good night, 
thank you for writing, and love to all of you. 

Marriages and new addresses: 

Peggy Cunninghar is Mrs. Robert Allen, 3rd. 

Jeanne Sawyer is Mrs. John Faggi. 

Cynthia Abbott Bottsford (Mrs. Stephen) 
34 East 74.th Street, New York City. 

Diana Greene Helfrich (Mrs. Harry, Jr.) 
5114 de Montluzin Avenue, New Orleans, 
Louisiana. 

Martha Buchanan Wadsworth (Mrs. Jo- 
seph) 704 South Mississippi Avenue, Lakeland, 
Florida. 

Polly Peyton Turner (Mrs. Carol) 565 
Glary Street, San Francisco, California. 

Sudle Clark Hanger (Mrs. William) 3 301 
Commonwealth Avenue Auburn Gardens, 
Alexandria, Virginia. 

Frances Boynton Drake (Mrs. Carl, Jr.) 
42 5 Riverside Drive, New York City. 

Elsie Dlggs Orr (Mrs. Samuel, Jr.) James 
Polk Apartments, Presidential Gardens, Alex- 
andria, Virginia. 

Polly Chilton Phillips (Mrs. James) 1120 
I^rorth First Street Temple, Texas. 

Janet Houstoun Davis (Mrs. Piatt W.) 10 
Crane Street, Wrightsville Beach, North Car- 
olina. 

Sally Walke Rogers (Mrs. John C) 4-A, 
1 5 Washington Place, New York, New York. 

Alice King, 180 Cherokee Road, Hampton, 
Virginia. 

Pat Brightbill, 3 820 Locust Street, Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 

Lucy Call, 3415 Gloucester Street, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

Julia Groves, Beaulieu Point, Savannah, 
Georgia. 

Betsy Chamberlain Eleanor Ringer, U.S.N. R. 
Training School, Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Engagements: 

Lucy Call to Captain Thomas Todd 
Dabney. 

Franny Caldwell to Lieutenant James, Har- 
ris — wedding to take place in November. 



College Calendar 
1942-1943 

In order to comply with various requests that the college holiday 
schedule be arranged so as not to conflict with the heavy traffic of troops, 
the administration and faculty of Sweet Briar approved this calendar 
which was announced by President Glass at Convocation on October 
eighth. The number of class periods in each semester will be approxi- 
mately the same as at present. There will be no spring vacation except 
for a long week-end in April when the students will remain on campus. 
Commencement activities will cover one day less than in former years 
with Commencement taking place on Monday. 

Christmas Recess — from 11:10 A.M December 1 6 

to 10:30 P.M January 18 

Semester Instruction ends 5:05 P.M. February 2 

Examinations — First Semester February 4-12 

Instruction begins February 1 5 

Long Week-end April 2-5 

Instruction ends — 5:0 5 P. M. May 29 

Examinations — Second Semester June 1-12 

Baccalaureate June 13 

Thirty- fourth Commencement June 14 



Urgent Call for College Graduates 

The alumnae oflice is receiving numerous appeals from 
plants, business offices, the army and the navy for quali- 
fied women to fill many types of positions. 

Please notify the alumnae office immediately if \ou are 
available. In your letter, please give as many details as 
possible concerning your experience and the type of work 
you feel best qualified to do. 





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ALUMNAE NEWS 



IME XII 



Number 2 



February, 1943 



From College into Service 



The Committee on Instruction of which Miss Mary Pearl is chairman, presented to the students 
early in December a report in which were outlined a combination of courses now given at Sweet 
Briar which will make good background for further short-time training or for beginning at once 
on war-time service. 

"For some of you long-time training for the professions will be tfie best plan. During the war-lime men are prevented from 
taking this kind of training, and hence a new responsibility rests upon women for carrying on the professions. Be sure to 
think carefully whether you are one of those who should take graduate training for medicine, the law, architecture, re- 
search, college teaching, or some other of the professions which demand long-time training. If you undertake this kind 
of work you will have an unprecedented opportunity for service. If this is \vhat appeals to you most, talk now to your 
major professor about it. 

IF, however, work immediately on leaving college is your goal, talk with your adviser about these combinations of 
courses. They will be especially useful for those students who have not majored in science or mathematics. Such majors 
are already in demand. These course combinations do not stand outside your degree requirements, i.e, any course taken 
to fulfill a group requirement, or to count as part of a major, or as a free elective, will serve as vocational preparation 
as well. The combinations have been made only to show in a concrete and simple form how college work can prepare you 
for immediate service. The list is not exhaustive, but is intended rather to be suggestive of the possibilities that lie right 
before you here at Sweet Briar. Perhaps you and your adviser can think of a better combination for you, as you and she 
confer about your future work. In any case think carefully about: 



1. What you can do to serve. 

2. How best to prepare right now in college ior 
that service. 

Among the course-combinations that will pre- 
pare ior war-service, combinations are ar- 
ranged: 

1. For translation work, censorship, or over- 
seas service. Proficiency in English and in 
one or more modern foreign languages. 

2. For De-coding. Mathematics combined with 
reading knowledge in foreign languages. 

3. For assistantships in Health Fields or as 
basis for further training for nursing, work 
in Public Health, bacteriology, and labora- 
tory work. Includes Microbiology sequence, 
anatomy and physiology sequence, back- 
ground for Nurse's Training, psychology, 
background for Training as Psychiatric 
Aides, or as Occupational Therapists. 

4. For Scientific Work in Government Bureaus 
or War Industries. Includes Science Founda- 



tion group, chemistry and physics se- 
quences, physical science foundation com- 
bination and mathematics sequences for 
advanced computation work and statistical 
work. 

5. For Psychological Testing. 

6. For Elementary and Secondary School 
Teaching. 

7. For positions in the Social Field essential to 
the War Effort. This group includes social 
service, consumer relations work, child care, 
social investigation, work in feeding centers, 
assistants in the recreational field. 

8. For work in government agencies, such as 
that of a junior professional assistant: the 
Board of Economic Welfare and the depart- 
ments of labor and revenue. 

(Lack of space prevents the listing of courses 
as presented to the students. Alumnae may 
secure the outline by writing to the alumnae 
secretary). 



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Volume XII 



February, 1943 



Number 2 



TheSweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Alumna Member of the BoarJ of Directors 

Mrs. Charles R. Burnett 

(Eugenia Griftin, '10) 
S906 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, Virginia 

Alumnae Representatives on Board of Overseers 

Mrs. Margaret Grant, 'IS 

21 Foxcroft Road, Winchester, Massachusetts 

Mrs. Joseph Winston Cox, Jr. 

(Edna Lee, '26) 

MO I Canterbury Road, Raleigh, North Cirolina 

President 

Martha von Briesex, '31 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

First Vice-President 

Virginia Eadv, '3 8, 

R.R. No. 6, Box 3 18, Louisville, Kentucky 

Second Vice-President 

Laura Graves, '42 

R.F.D. No. I. Lynchburg, \'irginia 

Executive Secretary and Treasurer 

Helen H. Mc.VIahon, '23 

Sweet Briar, Virginia 

Chairman Alumnae Fund 

Mary Marks, "3 5 

185 3 West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia 



Helen H. McMahon, Editor 

Contents 

From College into Service Inside Front Cover 

Frontispiece 2 

They Have Earned "The Right to Carry Their Share," 

Ensign Anne F. Gochnauer 3 

Nancy Gatch, American Rlu Cross, Mary Petty 

Johnston, WAAC 4 

PuRPOSEFULNESi IN LiBERAL EDUCATION B\ M/Si GluiS 5 

The Art Department Since 1936 7 

Founders' Day, October 30, 1942 10 

October Meeting of the Alumnae Council 13 

Alumnae Candidates for the Board of Overseers 14 

The Students' Book Shop — By Jessie M. Fraser IJ 

Alumnae in War Service 16 

Class Notes . 17 

Studies from the Psychological Laboratory at Sweet Briar 27 
Mount Holyoke College Fellowship Notice 27 

Women with College Degrees Needed Back Cover 



Members of the Alumnae Council 



.Mrs. Harry B. Tayior 

(Alma Booth, '11) 

16 Jack Jouett Apartments 

University, Virginia 

Mrs. Clarence B. Rogers 

(Mary Clark, ex "15) 

205 Beverley Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 

Mrs. Earl S. Ridler 

(Polly Bissell, '17) 

608 Lindsay Road, Wilmington, Delaware 

Mrs. K. N. Gardner 

(Cornelia Carroll, '18) 

353 5 Crystal Court, Coconut Grove 

Miami, Florida 

Mrs. William H. Steeble 

(Louisa Newkirk, '23) 

Bryn Llonydd, Penllyn, Pennsylvania 



Mrs. John T^'ohy 

(Grace Merrick, *24) 

442 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk, Virginia 

Mrs. Richard Barnes 

(Elsetta Gilchrist, '37) 

6S0S York Road. Parma Heights 

Cleveland, Ohio 

.Mrs. Kelsey Regen 

(Jocelyn Watson, '28) 

10 17 Dcmerius Street 

Durham, North Carolina 

.^ Mrs. E. Webster Harrison 
(Mary Huntington, '30) 
Drake Road, Station M, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Mary Moore Pancake, '32 
"The Orchard," Staunton, Virginia 



Mrs. Ernest M. Wood. Jr. 

(Elizabeth Bond, '34) 

1020 Greenway Court, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Connie J. Burwell, '34 

414 East Fifty-second Street 

New York, New York 

Mrs. Francis E. Carter, Jr. 

(Gary Burwell, '3 5) 

Box 76, Route 7, Jacksonville, Florida 

Mrs. Franklin Parker 

(Kathcrine Niles, '36) 

46 Glen Road, VC'ellesley Hills, Massachusetts 

Mrs. F. Grii mth Dodson, Jr. 

(Molly Talcott, '3 8) 

IS 24 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 

Mary Mackintosh, '39 
47 Valley Road, Bronxvillc, New York 



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THE ALUMNAE NEWS 



Volume XII 



February, 1943 



Number 2 



They Have Earned "The Right to Carry Their Share" 



Ensign Anne F. Gochnauer, '29, U.S.N.R. 

ttnr^HROUGH the ages, women have been asking for 
^, their rights — now, some of them have been thrust 
on us by the exigencies of War. Women have the right to 
carry their share of the load of total warfare, the honor of 
being true colleagues of the gallant men who are giving 
their lives that the nation may live." 

These are the words of Lieutenant Commander McAfee, 
Director of the Women's Naval Reserve. This branch of 
the Navy was established by law to help the war effort by 
releasing officers and men for duty at sea, replacing them 
with women in the shore stations of the Navy. 

I can say without reservations that I experienced the 
greatest thrill of my life when I took the oath and was 
sworn into the Women's Naval Reserve. From that time 
until I was ordered to report to Smith College at North- 
ampton for an indoctrination course, I hunted for com- 
fortable black oxfords. On November 6th, 115 Ensigns 
and Lieutenants (j.g.) logged in at Northampton and were 
billeted on the second and third decks of a beautiful colon- 
ial building, Capen House. There we spent a happy and 
very busy five weeks. 

There were two battalions of us at Smith, each battalion 
had three companies, each company was divided into three 
platoons. The company of W. V. (P.)s, (Women Volun- 
teer Probationaries) , of which I was a member, comprised 
company 6. All the others, about 700 in number, were 
V-9's. The W. V. (P.)s stayed at Smith for a five-week 
indoctrination course. The V-9's had the indoctrination 
course plus a three months communications course. Geo- 
graphically speaking we were a mixed group and our 
civilian professions were even more varied. There were 
lawyers, chemists, teachers, personnel workers. Psycholo- 
gists, secretaries. Dean of women, accountants, editors, 
statisticians, and engineers, but we were all Americans and 
in the Navy for the same fundamental reason, to serve. 

We had a very active program and it's amazing how 
much can be accomplished in a day if one follows a 
schedule ... as we did, strenuously. From 0645, reveille, 
until 2200 (10:00 o'clock to you landlubbers) when taps 
sounded, our day was divided among classes, drill, study, 
and mess. We mustered for everything in companies and 
marched to all activities. Our classes included lectures in 
Naval History, Naval Personnel, Naval Organization, 
Naval Law, and Naval Ships and Aircraft. We took copious 
notes and tried to remember everything in them. In the 
afternoons we drilled and concentrated on which was right 
and which was left, and tried to master column and flank 
movements. Hup 2- 3- 4- was our refrain, a passing 
civilian approached the platoon leader as we marched to 



noon mess one day and inquired, "Tell me, please, what 
do you do when you hup?" The answer might have been 
"Everything", for marching was our commonest occupa- 
tion. In the evening we studied, if we could stay awake. 
As you can see, the days were full, and we went to bed at 
night with a sense of a day's work well done. 

We officers in the making received sympathetic help and 
guidance from our officers. They were from the first group 
of Women's Reserve trained in September, and had just 
finished the training we were undergoing, so they knew 
all the ropes. 

No account of life at Northampton is complete without 
a description of the Saturday morning Captain's inspection. 
Our lines prepared for our first inspection with noticeable 
trepidation. We were lined up in formation and every shoe 
was polished with extra care, every stocking seam was 
straight. All hands stiffened to attention when we heard 
the order "Prepare for inspection". As the Commanding 
Officer and his inspection party approached me, a bee lit 
on my nose. I stood rigid, expecting each minute that I 
would be stung, as I did not have time to brush it off. The 
CO. passed by, completely overlooking the bee, and I am 
afraid that he did not realize what a stoic I had been. 

During the five weeks of training, we had a lot of fun, 
and did a great deal of work. When it was all over, I had 
the feeling that I had just completed five of the most 
worthwhile weeks of my life. Our class was the first formal 
class of W. V. (P.)s to graduate from a Naval Officers 
Training school, and when at graduation. Rear Admiral 
Randall Jacobs handed us certificates and orders, we be- 
came full-fledged Naval officers, we changed from W. V. 
(P.)s to W. V. (S.)s, (women's volunteer specialists). 
That was a red-letter day in the life of this Ensign! 

As my first active duty assignment, I received orders to 
report to the Naval Training School at the University of 
Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a special service 
school for enlisted women, where they are trained to be 
Radio Operators, and is a unit of a large station which 
includes a Radio School for 1,200 Bluejackets. The women 
are billeted in two dormitories of the University and arc 
allowed to use the many fine facilities of the University. 
At the Women's Radio School we have approximately 480 
trainees, and a finer group I have never seen. It has been 
my privilege for the past three months to be Senior Division 
Officer for a group of 120 girls. My duties are varied and 
numerous and include being a disciplinarian, adviser, drill- 
master, supervisor, and friend. 

During my training, and on active duty here in Madison, 
I have had a feeling of deep satisfaction . . . knowing that 
this work is helping the total war effort . . . and that it 
is a job I am proud to be able to do. 



Alumnae News 



Nancy Gatch, '39, American Red Cross 

IN RESPONSE to a plea for news of Nancy by the 
alumnae secretary, her mother very promptly replied. 
We quote from that letter and a recent article from the 
Washington Evening Star. 

"Nancy writes enthusiastically of her work and her sur- 
roundings. The Mediterranean waves break at her front 
door. The girls are quartered in a very livable and pictur- 
esque villa — the country itself is vividly colorful and ap- 
peals tremendously to Nancy's artistic sense. She paints 
every chance she gets. Her letters are delightfully happy 
in their tone; she misses home, of course, and hot water 
and steam heat — they freeze at night no matter how much 
covering. Her assignment is with a big Army hospital. She 
is a secretary but does a lot of everything that presents 
itself to be done. Fighting men come and go to and from 
the front, not so far away and there are recuperative cases 
to be tended and there is recreational duty, fixing up a 
club room with practically nothing to work with as to 
materials, etc. Like the soldiers and sailors, the Red Cross 
girls want mail — simply live for it. Write on thin paper 
and put a six-cent airmail stamp on the letter. Nancy's 
address is c/o American Red Cross, 12th General Hospital, 
A.P.O. 700, New York City." 

From the Evening Star — "Good-looking Nancy Gatch 
is living up to her distinguished father and making a place 
for herself in the war effort. It was Captain Thomas Gatch 
whose unnamed United States battleship shot down 32 Jap 
planes, and his daughter is doing her bit as a secretary with 
the American Red Cross hospital unit now in North 
Africa. Her letters to her family tell of the almost un- 
believable beauty of that far-off and "censored" spot where 
her unit is — and of a sweet and touching Christmas Day 
spent at sea en route. 

Every one pitched in and helped Nancy with the Christ- 
mas decorations — yards and yards of bright red signal cloth 
and candles painted Christmasy red. One of the sailors was 
good at painting murals, so he did some wall decorations, 
and even in that crowded and not too attractive mess hall, 
Nancy says, every American heart thrilled as they all stood 
about singing good old-fashioned Christmas carols. 

Nancy Gatch knows something about decorating, too. 
She was in Hollywood working successfully with studio 
set designing when the war came to us, and she hurried 
back to Washington to take a war job. While in Hollywood 
she had taken a secretarial course so she stepped right into a 
secretarial job with the WPB and later with the Red Cross. 

She is quite a talented artist, having done some fine still 
life and portraits in oil, several of which hang in the draw- 
mg room of her family's house on Macomb Street here." 



Second Officer, Mary Johnston, WAAC 

WE CAN add nothing to the complete account in the 
January Ladies Howe journal of the training of 
"Officer Candidate Johnston", but quote excerpts from it 
for the benefit of those who may have missed the story on 
this "typical" WAAC. 

"Then along came the war — and the American Women's 
Voluntary Services. Mary took up plane spotting. Cool 
head and able memory presently had her making extremely 
good at local aircraft-warning^ headquarters; instructing 
new women volunteers, she was working ten and twelve 
hours a day. No drama about it; just a job to be done, 
and she seemed to do it all right, so why not give it all it 
seemed to need. Presently rumor said that some of the 
volunteers would be asked to join the newly forming 
WAAC. Rumor was right for once — as Mary found when 
called in by a crisp-spoken captain, told she was one of 
nine picked for the first WAAC officer-training group and 
would have to make up her mind about it by next morning. 

She took it for an honor, and so it was. Mary is both 
younger and less experienced than most of her fellow 
WAAC officers, who average around thirty years old and 
have often made good in sizable civil jobs. The roster of 
her group of 146 included newspaperwomen, lawyers, 
artists, crack secretaries, department-store buyers and deans 
of women. 

Mary learned close-order drill and physical exercises to 
strengthen and supple her long frame; she learned Army 
organization, company administration, property accounta- 
bility — which was a holy terror — military customs and 
courtesies, map reading, defense against gas and air attack, 
military sanitation and first aid — and the first informal 
rule of being a good officer, which is to rely heavily on a 
sergeant you can trust. 

She is living at home in New York again, assigned to 
supervising work in aircraft-warning headquarters once 
more. Now, however, her presence there relieves a man 
officer for combat duty. 

When Mary came home, it was the Johnstons' faithful 
maid who got the first impact of what had happened to 
the daughter of the household. The next day the maid 
came to Mrs. Johnston with something on her mind — 
something pretty close to a miracle: "I went in to straight- 
en Miss Mary's room yesterday," she said, "and unpack her 
suitcase and see what needed washing and mending, like I 
always do when she comes home, and, ma'am, you could 
have knocked me over with a feather — her bed was made, 
just as nice as I could have made it, and her suitcase was 
unpacked and her slippers were in the right place and 
everything was in the right drawer." 



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Give Your Fortunes to Sweet Briar 

The Library needs all issues of Fortune magazine published in 1942. Please send your 
extra copies to the librarian. Miss Janet Agnew, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 



February, 1943 



Purposefulness in Liberal Education 

Convocation Address, February 12, 1945 Graduation of 
Mary Law, Dorothy Long, Angela Marston 

Miss Glass 



This is the first time Sweet Briar has ever held a Convocation for 
graduation. Whenever students have finished their course in February 
before it has been because of delays or irregular entrance and they 
have received their degrees at the following commencement. This 
occasion marks several things at Sweet Briar and there arc implications 
in them worth our scrutiny. 

The graduates of today have accelerated their course 
under the impetus of the immediate need of the country 
for workers. They will offer themselves immediately for 
full time service where service is needed, but they will 
offer themselves as well equipped, as far as information 
goes, as if they had not accelerated. 

The term acceleration in its present vogue covers a good 
many things. To accelerate is to get education more 
quickly, presumably, but what the education gotten con- 
sists of makes all the difference. 

Some processes and some subject matters have been 
found over centuries of experimentation to broaden and 
deepen personalities, and to assist a mind to develop facility 
in dealing with ideas and in logical and consistent think- 
ing. Other processes and subject matters produce a valuable, 
practically an essential, facility in doing things, but they 
neither broaden nor deepen personalities to any similar 
degree, and hence have not the same value in developing 
prsons toward mastering the many conflicting interests of 
life. If one is seeking such development and accelerates by 
working longer annual periods and with enhanced mental 
vigor, the acceleration takes place consistently with the 
kind of education sought and in the most favorable mental 
attitude possible. If, on the other hand, the acceleration 
consists in doing less and more superficially the things 
which foster this kind of education, or in substituting for 
the broadening and deepening processes the narrowing and 
less deeply significant subjects, the resulting education is 
not of the same value as it was intended to be. 

Times come when the deepening education desired can- 
not be pursued because of the instant demand to do things. 
For intellectual integrity at such a time it is of prime im- 
portance to recognize what is being given up and for what 
cause. Today is one of the times when the question of what 
to give up and what to do is insistent. If we are to be 
justified in our decisions, we must test our action by our 
usefulness in the world at this same moment rather than 
by our own desires. I do not think of this generation of 
young women as protected from the currents of their 
age, set aside and allowed to grow into even the most beau- 
tiful hothouse plants. Women always carry a large burden 
in society and never did they need greater wisdom to dis- 
tinguish between the best and the near-best for them and 
the times. They may well be confused because they are 
bombarded by conflicting opinions in the press and over 
the radio, emanating from persons whose utterances always 
gain attention. Mrs. Roosevelt is quoted as saying that col- 
lege women students should stop college and go into im- 
mediate service. A bit later Director Hobby of the WAACS 



and Lieutenant Commander McAfee of the WAVES issue a 
joint statement that the war will not be delayed by women 
students in college staying to complete their courses. 

May we not get guidance from the following consid- 
erations? I have spoken of the implications of acceleration. 
One of the important ones is the injection of enhanced 
purposefulness into the process of getting a liberal educa- 
tion. Because maturing is a definite part of a liberal educa- 
tion, and because educators have been careful to maintain 
the independence of the value of such an education from 
any one specific use to which it is put, there has grown up 
in the minds of some persons an idea that such an educa- 
tion is a casual affair with no definite goals, but a pious 
hope that in the end one is improved. Even students in the 
pursuit of such an education are not completely free from 
this erroneous thinking. It is a most harmful notion. The 
goals of a liberal education are very definite: an intelligent 
conception, based on as much knowledge as it is possible to 
gain in a given period, of the world we live in and the 
people who live in it in all their reaches of mind, matter, 
and spirit. And this conception should be accompanied by 
the process of discrimination and appreciation, and all these 
should be so blended into the personality as to guide the 
will in determining conduct. The goal is indeed difiicult of 
attainment and, as in any other journey, it helps to know 
wither one is going. Definite progress toward the end of 
the journey is not only possible but evident in almost all 
who set out on the path. At this critical time greater 
progress is more important in the service of the age. 

How fast can one gain such conceptions and apprecia- 
tions? There is a limit, but not a final limit of time. The 
first thing to note is that such an education is never fin- 
ished and its pursuit offers one of the liveliest consolations 
of age. With concentrated attention it becomes possible to 
reach a good take-ofF station for continuing achievement 
in one's late teens or early twenties. The keener the realiza- 
tion of what is being sought the greater the intellctual and 
emotional vigor of seeking, the more quickly can one arrive 
at the take-off station. Such acceleration is probably all to 
the good, if it is adjusted to the rate of assimilation of the 
individual. There is no magic time limit, though long 
experimentation has proved certain periods to be probably 
the most satisfactory. Under the urge of present need for 
young adults ready for the take-off, I am inclined to be- 
lieve that we may find a slightly shortened period as effec- 
tive, if not more so. 

It is greatly to be desired that the same purposefulness 
mark the getting of a general liberal education as now 
marks the getting of a technical or professional education. 
It requires more insight to achieve this without the urge 
of a definite career to be begun, but the persons who profit 
by extended liberal education ought to have that insight 
and be able through self-motivation to equal the profes- 
sional intensity and pace. 



Alumnae 'Ncwi 



Measured by need, at this critical moment, to what 
degree should one pursue general education and to what 
extent sacrifice it for an immediate skill in action? This 
is the keen point of inquiry for women in college today — 
Certain important services in present day life are entrusted 
only to persons who have taken a college course to reach 
the take-off station in a liberal education, and they are 
services essential to the war and to society alike. The plan- 
ners and designers of large scale operations, the engineers, 
the doctors, the statisticians and economists, the deter- 
miners of policy in social services, the teachers of the 
young, those entrusted with promoting international un- 
derstanding and cooperation, psychologists and psychia- 
trists, and ministers of religion, must all be recruited from 
the young adults at the take-off station. It is not whether 
someone else will do these jobs. Some one else is not given 
the chance. 

Numerically the demands for these services are small in 
comparison with the demands for armament, for fighting, 
for food, for production, but so is the number of persons 
pursuing a liberal education small in comparison with the 
population of the country. How many of these approach- 
ing the take-off station can we allow to forsake their goal 
to join the large numbers available for services that do 
not require the same background? 

For women this question becomes more pointed. Because 
we belong in a civiUzation that frees us from the necessity 
to fight in order that we may do other things, and because 
this same civilization does not so free men, women must be 
very much in earnest as to whether they are using this 
freedom for society's best interests. It is much easier to 
give up the longer route to usefulness and go into the 
more obvious and less demanding services but is it not a 
bad waste of national assets when one is a near the take- 
off station as are college students? National needs — nay 
world needs — must have both kinds of service, but we 
still call it selective service, and women are in a better 
position to participate in selective service than men now 
are. 

We hear the phrase "Education as usual is out". Well, 
what is meant by "Education as usual?" A great deal of 
what was usual is the indispensible basis of our present 
achievement. The implication that education as usual was 
casual and only vaguely useful is out, and always ought 
to have been, for women as well as for men. 

Now when women are spared from combat and men 
are gone to it, many more of them than in previous days 
ought to be undergoing the long and serious training of 
the professions or in college getting ready to do so. The 
depletion of these professions is already with us, and the 
shortage threatens to grow. Also the projected plans of 
post-war reconstruction point to a continued increased 
need beyond what we had before the war. 

The chances for women to pursue professions before 
and during marriage improve with each new improvement 
of domestic procedure. The picture given twenty-five years 
ago by that far-sighted educator, Laura Drake Gill, is 
truer than ever. A woman in her first leisure, before her 
marriage, can lay the foundations for a service to the 
world professional or otherwise. Throughout the years 
when her children are young and family demands are both 
new and many, she can most probably only keep such 



interests alive and increasing slowly — simmering, as it were. 
When family routines are more established and children 
demand more intellectually and spiritually and less phys- 
ically, a woman, mature, keen, never really out of touch 
with her profession, can with the greatest satisfaction to 
herself and with profit and stimulation to her family go 
into nearly full-time pursuit of her profession again. It is 
rather an appealing type of mother to have, is it not? 

Then too statisticians and sociologists keep telling us 
that after this war there will not be enough men for as 
many marriages as hitherto. Suppose you are the one not 
married. How precious is a profession then? And how 
easily made an asset if you do marry. 

But the picture is not fair without recognition that 
probably the fundamental reason that women in our civil- 
ization do not have to fight is that they are freed from 
this necessity because they are wives and mothers. If a 
woman knows that this is to be her immediate life what 
is the significance of a liberal education to her? She is 
entering upon one of the most difficult occupations. First, 
standards of achievement are not determined. She must 
find out herself whether she is good or bad. She cannot be 
tested for it, nor is there any rating scale in this occupa- 
tion to disclose weak spots or to solace misgivings of 
failure. There is no definite job analysis. Almost every con- 
ceivable problem in physical, emotional, intellectual and 
spiritual relationships will arise for her. No one skill that 
she has ever learned will fit her to cope with their multi- 
plicity. What are the probabilities of resourcefulness in 
family relations traceable to a course in the Novel, when 
one is multiplied in experience by the most intimate knowl- 
edge of varying human beings and human relations, as 
against a course in accounting? And yet a course in the 
Novel is far from being enough. The whole range of 
knowledge about the world and the people in it is not 
too great for usefulness in being a wife and a mother. Any 
family reflects to a preponderant degree the attainments 
or the defects of the mother. Can all mothers have the 
many aids to doing their task well that college women 
can get if they will? Well then, should those who can 
secure the aids not be held doubly responsible to use them 
in their homes and in their communities? Remember 
always that in the present state of civilization these op- 
portunities are at the disposal of only a few. However the 
number of persons having them may increase in our time, 
the proportion will still be small, and proportionately the 
utilization of the opportunities precious. 

Purposefulness in a Liberal Education is the least to be 
expected today of those blessed with the opportunity for 
it. Purposefully pursued a liberal education is a bulwark 
that society cannot do without. We are a part of society 
and we are willing so to act, but we are also individuals 
who cannot forget that too. For the individual a liberal 
education purposefully and understandingly pursued is a 
source of satisfaction hardly to be equaled. In resource- 
fulness, in interest, in zest, in adjustment, and in joy it 
multiphes native endowment many times. Can you take 
it? Will you justify it? 

To our three graduates who by acceleration have reached 
this stage we give our congratulations as they step upon 
the take-off station and bid them take off with cool heads, 
courage, devotion, and an eye on the goal. 



February, 1943 



The Art Department Since 1936 



Br Florence Horton 

IN THE year 1936-37 the major in arc was established. 
As is always the case, the major strengthened the depart- 
ment, allowing it to be more balanced, with a larger num- 
ber of students in the advanced courses and relatively 
fewer in the introductory courses. It has facilitated the 
arrangement of proper prerequisites and sequences in well- 
rounded, comprehensive offerings covering the whole field 
of art. Oriental art, which is included in the general course 
in history and appreciation of art, is the only important 
field of art which has not as yet been offered in some 
special course. Beginning in February, 1944, a course in the 
art of Latin America will be given and we look forward 
to the possibility of offering a special course in Oriental art 
in the future. 

The studio courses not connected with lectures in history 
of art we call "Practice of Art", and have established a 
sequence of three years of this work in drawing, painting 
and composition. To these we have added a new course in 
architectural design. A maximum of twelve hours of credit 
in practice of art may be counted toward the degree. These 
courses are pursued particularly by students with artistic 
talent and special inclination. 

Studio practice given as laboratory work in direct con- 
nection with the courses in general history of art, Greek 
sculpture, Italian painting and that of the rest of Europe, 
has become a very important part of the department's 
work and accomplishment. 

Among courses that have been added within recent years 
are Elements of Form and Special Studies in Art. 
The former, open only to seniors majoring in art, deals 
with the determining and limiting forces which bear on 
the arts of architecture, painting and sculpture and is 
designed to help the student correlate and integrate the 
material of the major subject. It is popularly known as 
Aesthetics, but is strictly an art and not a philosophy 
course. The latter is open only to qualified art majors who 
desire to pursue individual study in some field of their own 
choice. The work is tutorial and fills the need for a 
certain amount of independent study as pursued under 
the Honors Plan of Study in other departments. The stu- 
dent who elects this course studies under the member of 
the staff best suited to supervise her work. 



Robinson, Chairman 

The increase in numbers of students doing studio prac- 
tice and those pursuing the practice of art has made it 
necessary to enlarge our quarters and equipment. In the 
summer of 1941 a second studio was made from a former 
chemistry lecture room on the third floor of Academic 
adjoining the old studio. The room was painted, equipped 
with fluorescent light and a spot-light, provided with sink, 
lockers and shelves, and shutters have since been installed 
in the windows to control light and ventilation. The old 
studio was greatly improved in the summer of 193 8. The 
walls and ceiling were entirely renewed and plumbing was 
installed to provide a much needed sink. Later a supply 
and store room was partitioned off and the studio and ad- 
joining faculty offices were painted a soft, light gray. The 
large lecture room on the floor below has been equipped 
with a good system for darkening the room and providing 
ventilation at the same time. This has increased the comfort 
of art students during lectures which are almost always 
illustrated with slides. We have greatly added to our slide 
collection and have made a specialty of color slides since 
they have become more satisfactory and more easily 
available. 

Several changes in staff have taken place within recent 
years. Miss Virginia Randall McLaws, who had been Di- 
rector of Art for thirty years, retired in 193 8. Mr. Edward 
Mortimer Linforth came to us as Instructor in Art from 
the School of Fine Arts of Yale University in the fall of 
193 8. Miss Lois Wilcox was absent on sabbatical leave for 
the year 1939-40 and resigned before the year was over. 
Miss Margaret Bouton, a graduate of Wellesley College and 
a graduate student at Radcliffe, working for the Ph.D. 
degree in art, was appointed a substitute for Miss Wilcox 
and was called to Wellesley to teach art history the follow- 
ing year. Many of the alumnae will be interested to know 
that she returned to Radcliffe to continue her study on the 
Doctorate but has again interrupted it to teach art at 
Duke University this year. Mr. Jovan De Rocco was ap- 
pointed Instructor in Art in 1940. He came to Sweet Briar 
from New York where he had his own studio. He had 
studied at the Art Students League and with Kenneth 
Hayes Miller, Kimon Nikolaides and William Zorach. Be- 
fore that he had been an architect, working with Harold 






Mr. Linforth 



Miss Robinson 



Mr. de Rocco 



Alumnae News 



Van Buren Magonigle for a few years after coming to this 
country from Yugoslavia, where he had received his archi- 
tectural training in the University of Belgrade. He was 
decorated by the Royal Yugoslav government for the 
mural he made for the Yugoslav Pavilion at the New York 
World's Fair in 1940. 

Mary Bioun-Serinan Walke, '3 8, was the first Art 
major to be graduated from Sweet Briar. In the middle of 
their junior year she and Pauline Womack Swan changed 
their majors to art as soon as it was made a major subject. 
From 193 8 to 1942 thirty-one art majors have been grad- 
uated. The alumnae records disclose so little activity in art 
by these graduates that we hope it is only due to the possi- 
bility that the alumnae do not realize how much we are 
interested in what they do in their chosen field. We do 
know that Viola ]amcs Wathen, '39, was studying for the 
M.A. in art at the University of Indiana the first year of 
her marriage. Betty Barnes Bird, '3 9, was an assistant in the 
Yale University School of Fine Arts, 1939-40, and attended 
the Smith College Graduate School of Architecture and 
Landscape Architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
1940-42. Two of our majors graduated with honors, Viola 
]ames Wathen, magna cum lauJe, 1939, and Helen Anne 
Littleton Hauslein, cum laude, 1941. Two seniors in the 
class of 1942, who had honor records, were unable to take 
the comprehensive examination in art which would have 
determined their status. This year there are fifteen art 
majors, nine seniors and six juniors. 

For several years the classes in Greek Art and Medieval 
Art have been taken to Baltimore for a week-end trip to 
study in the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum 
of Art and the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, 
where there are excellent collections of original works of 
art in the two fields. Except for this war year we have 
extended our visits to Washington to see examples of re- 
vivals of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, 
and to visit the Corcoran, the Philips Memorial or the Na- 
tional Gallery. Recently the class in Modern Art and two 
other small groups of students were taken to the Virginia 
Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to see the exhibition 
of the Walter P. Chrysler Collection and a special exhibi- 
tion on color and light in art. 

Since 1936, though not very recently, the Department 
of Art has brought several lecturers to the college. Pro- 
fessor Clarence Ward, Head of the Department of Fine 
Arts of Oberlin College spoke on, "The Charm of the 
French Cathedrals." Mr. Forbes Watson, one of the Di- 
rectors of the Art Project of the United States Treasury 
Department spoke on "Recent Mural Painting in America," 
and Dr. George H. Opdyke came to the college through 
the courtesy of the Committee on Education of the Amer- 
ican Institute of Architects, to visit classes and to lecture 
on "Patterns in Pictures." He gave an informal lecture to 
a group of art students on "The Importance of Art Appre- 
ciation." Mr. Irving H. Olds visited Sweet Briar under the 
Concert Project of the American Association of Colleges 
and spoke on Japanese Prints and Print making. He brought 
a large and unusual collection of old Japanese prints and 
cherry wood blocks. The Art Department kept open house 
to the college in the studio one day when Mr. Olds demon- 
strated the making of color prints from the cherry blocks. 



showed his collection and talked informally. Last January 
the Friends of Art brought the well known French artist, 
Fcrnand Leger, to Sweet Briar for two lectures, given in 
French and ably interpreted by Mr. De Rocco. 

The department's collection of large color reproductions 
of paintings has increased to eighty-nine in number. Dis- 
played behind glass on the studio walls, in groups of five 
or six, they are a constant source of enjoyment and are 
valuable for instructional purposes. 

In 1937, after some experimentation in the mounting 
of photographs, the department purchased a dry-mounting 
press with tacking iron and electric connections which is 
installed in a work room in the lower part of the library. 
We have mounted several hundred phootgraphs and 
prints and have been able to keep the Carnegie collection 
of photographs in repair by remounting and patching when 
necessary. 

One of the larger study rooms in the library is given over 
to the study of photographs in connection with the various 
art classes and the walls have been prepared as bulletin 
boards to display the large photographs and prints which 
cannot be easily handled on the tables. A student assistant 
is in charge of the photograph collection each year. 

The Picture Rental collection maintained by the depart- 
ment continues to hold an important place in college in- 
terest. The rental fee has been reduced from three dollars 
to two dollars a year for three different color reproductions 
or, if preferred, the same picture for the three rental periods 
of the year. We also have some prints in black and white, 
and the Ludovici set of stage-coach prints, illustrations of 
Dickens' novels, which rent for a dollar and a half for a 
set of three throughout the year. The collection has 
always been self-supporting, thanks to the friends of 
Sweet Briar who made this venture possible by their 
generous contributions. In 193 8 the father of Lucille 
Greene" Michel, '3 8, made a generous and very unexpected 
contribution which brought the donors' fund up to three 
hundred and five dollars. The rental fees are used to pur- 
chase additional pictures and to keep the collection in 
repair. 

The first one-picture exhibit shown at Sweet Briar was 
held in December, 1936. A painting by Ambrosius Benson, 
a Flemish artist of the Sixteenth Century, "Portrait of a 
Man," was lent by the Knoedler Gallery of New York and 
displayed in the Library. We are now preparing a place for 
such one-picture exhibits in the lower corridor of Aca- 
demic. We have arranged for loans from the Metropolitan 
Museum and from several galleries in New York and we 
plan to keep one good picture on exhibit practically all the 
time. The picture will be well lighted and well hung and 
will, we hope, be a focal point of interest. 

Six years ago we began the now well-established custom 
of borrowing paintings and sculpture from the leading 
galleries of New York for our Art Department exhibitions. 
Among the most important of such exhibitions have been: 
The Master Impressionists, Degas, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, 
Sisley and Morisot, with examples of early and late works 
by each arranged to show the development of their style; 
Contemporary American Artists, Henry Lee McFee, Eugene 
Speicher, John Carroll, Henry Varnum Poor, Alexander 
Brook, Morris Kantor, Henry Mattson, Peppino Mangravite 



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and Charles Burchfield; Modern French and American 
Paintings and Drawings by Derain, Forain, Maillol, Matisse, 
de Segonzac, Vlaminck, Louise Bouchc, Glackens, Lawson, 
Luks, Prendergast, Myers and Sloan; small sculptures in 
bronze and ebony by Maillol, BourdcUe, Warneke, Fritz 
Bchn, Jane Poupelct, Lachaise, Mahonri Young and Kolbe; 
French paintings by Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Mori- 
sot, Cassatt and Andre; a survey of American Painting, 
including works by Winslow Homer, George Inness, Childe 
Hassam, Arthur B. Davies, Charles H. Davis, Robert 
Henri, F. C. Frieseke, John La Farge and Jon Corbino; a 
retrospective exhibition of the work of Guy Pene du Bois, 
1915 to 1938; a group of distinctly contemporary water 
colors and oils by Beckmann, Chagall, Gatch, Gross, Kan- 
dinsky, Klce, Nolde and Weber; American and French 
Paintings by Henry Schnakenburg, Richard Lahey, William 
Glackens, Gifford Beal, John Sloan, and others, with 
Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Dunoyer de Segonzac 
and Andre Derain; a group of contemporary Americans — 
Zoltan Sepeshy, Doris Rosenthal, Anatol Shulkin, Waldo 
Pierce, William Palmer, Frederic Taubes and Paul Cadmus; 
a group of the French School including Chagall, Dufy, 
Derain, Girieud, Picasso, Renoir, Signac, Souverbie, Utrillo, 
Vlaminck and Redon; water colors by George Grosz, 
Charles Burchfield and Herbert Gute, temperas by Peter 
Hurd, oils by Edward Hopper and John Carroll, temperas 
and water colors by Zolton Sepeshy and oils and water 
colors by Dean Fausset. 

Among other exhibitions of note was the very large one 
entitled, "Contemporary Art of 79 Countries" that came 
to us through the courtesy of the International Business 
Machines Corporation in 1940 under the joint auspices of 
Friends of Art, the Department of Art and the college 
authorities who all cooperated to make it a success; a group 
of sculptures in wood and terracotta by Marina Nunez del 
Prado, a Bolivian artist, and a very comprehensive exhibi- 
tion of the varied periods of Picasso's work, from the 
Museum of Modern Art. 

The Friends of Art have brought to the college a num- 
ber of exhibitions among which should be mentioned one 
of special interest to the alumnae — a group of oils by 
Clare Shcnchon Boyd who was a student at Sweet Briar 
some years ago, and wood blocks and etchings by her hus- 
band, Fiske Boyd. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd visited Sweet Briar 
at the time of their exhibit and Mr. Boyd presented to the 
College, through the Friends of Art, one of his etchings 
entitled, "New York Harbor." 

Other gifts of pictures made to the college since 1936 
have been two oils, "Black Boy Playing His Guitar " by the 
artist, Lois Wilcox and "Street Scene" by the artist, Virginia 
Randall McLaws. Judge Francis H. Dunne sent us a framed 
etching, "Hazy Morning — Fisherman's Wharf" at Christ- 
mas, 1940 and a friend and admirer of his sent a sum of 
money for the purchase of a painting in memory of Judge 
Dunne, after his death on June 17, 1941. With this money 
we bought a water color by Herbert Gute, called "Light- 
house, Maine". It is the wish of the donor that the gift re- 
main anonymous. A year ago Fernand Leger gave to the 
College, through Friends of Art, one of his original sketches 
in black and white, a study for his large compositions, 
"Les Plongeurs". 



With the assistance of Friends of Art of Sweet Briar 
College we have purchased five other paintings since 1937. 
The first purchase was "Daisies and Anemones" by William 
Glackens and was bought wholly by Friends of Art. The 
next was "Rockport Fishermen" by Jon Corbino, toward 
which a small contribution was made by Friends of Art. 
The major part of this purchase came from a fund which 
the College has set aside each year since 193 8 for the pur- 
chase of paintings. The 1939 painting was "Two Heads" 
by Paul Cadmus. In 1940 "Brooding Earth" by Charles 
Burchfield was added to the collection in honor of Virginia 
Randall McLaws by her friends at Sweet Briar. Among 
these friends are a good many of the alumnae. The plan to 
buy a picture in honor of Miss McLaws was inaugurated 
and carried out by Friends of Art. Our most recent acces- 
sion is "The Alamo Tree," a tempera by Peter Hurd, pur- 
chased in 1941. The Accessions Committee for the pur- 
chase of paintings consists of the Art faculty and 
the Executive Committee of Friends of Art. 

The alumnae will recall that reproductions of several of 
these paintings, with notes about their acquisition have 
appeared from time to time in the Alumnae News. Simi- 
lar notes and reproductions of most of our purchases have 
also appeared in Parnassus, formerly published by the Col- 
lege Art Association of America, in the Art Digest, one 
of the best known art magazines in the country and in 
the New York Times. 

Though the Sweet Briar collection is still so small it has 
become quite popular outside of Sweet Briar College. This 
has become apparent by increasing and frequent requests to 
borrow our pictures for important exhibitions elsewhere. 
It started just after we acquired the "Rockport Fishermen" 
when the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh borrowed it for 
a one-man show of Corbino's work. In the summer of 
1941 The Art Institute of Chicago had our Burchfield for 
their International Exhibition of Water Colorists from 
July 17th to October 5th. In 1942 the Midtown Gallery 
of New York borrowed our Cadmus for their Tenth Anni- 
versary Loan Exhibition of Work by Midtown Artists. 
Last fall the Baltimore Museum of Art borrowed our 
Burchfield and our Cadmus for an exhibition of modern 
Americans, and as you read this our "Alamo Tree", by 
Peter Hurd, is on exhibition at the Museum of Modern 
Art in an interesting group called "Realists and Magic 
Realists" which runs from February ninth to March 
twenty-first. 

The library collection of books on art is continually 
increasing and contains many noteworthy numbers. Among 
the rarer books of interest are two facsimiles of early 
codices with complete illustrations. These are the Vienna 
Genesis, a sixth century Byzantine manuscript, originally 
written on purple vellum with illustrations in color, pur- 
chased through contributions made by Deborah Gale Bryer, 
'34, Marjorie Sylvester, '37, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Knight of 
Lynchburg and Judge Dunne, and the Utrecht Psalter, 
most characteristic of the School of Reims in the Caro- 
lingian Renaissance. Other partial reproductions are the 
Book of Kells, a seventh or eigth century Celtic gospel in 
Trinity College, Dublin, the Miniatures of the tenth cen- 
tury Paris Psalter in the Bibliotheque Nationale and some 

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Founders' Day, October 30, 1942 



The usual custom of having a guest speaker for the Founders* Day 
exercises was set aside this year in favor of a program concerned with 
the founding of Sweet Briar. Miss Glass skillfully provided the back- 
ground when she spoke of founding the "Privately Endowed College." 
Dr. Mary K. Benedict, Sweet Briar's first president, told of "The 
Beginning of Sweet Briar" and Margaret Banister, *16, student during 
Miss Benedict's presidency, spoke of "Students as Founders." Margaret 
Gordon, '44. representing the students, concluded the program with 
"Founding as a Continuing Process." 

Miss Glass began by stating the requirements which must be met 
before a college or any other institution may be founded. "Founding," 
she said, "springs from an existing need and persevering concern. 
Through work, courage, anxiety, and the expenditure of no little 
emotion, a dream becomes a reality." Miss Glass spoke of the spirit 
behind the founding of Vassar, Harvard and the University of Virginia. 
She expressed her own feelings upon entering Randolph-Macon College 
when it had been in existence for only three years. She told about Mrs. 
Williams, the founder of Sweet Briar, and of the evidence that she 
did not merely leave her money to a vague idea, but to a mentally 
pictured college. 

The individual personality of the institution and the way it affects 
its general procedure was then discussed by Miss Glass. A privately 
founded college is public in that it cannot limit its size until it has 
taken care of those who have a claim on it; it is private since it may 
choose its entrants and the aspects of life upon which its emphasis is 
to be placed. It is private because it may experiment in education and 
its support comes from private sources. Because of the preceding facts 
the privately endowed and founded college has a chance of combining 
uniformity and diversity which the publicly endowed college does not 
have. Furthermore, it will survive as an institution as long as the ideal 
of freedom and the recognition of the ideal of diversity survive, and 
these ideas He deeply i'n American mentality and spirit. 

In conclusion Miss Glass stressed the fact that founding is a con- 
tinuing process because the more the institution is used the stronger 
and richer it becomes. 

The Beginning of Sweet Briar 

Dr. Mary K. Benedict 

The home of our Founder has played a part in the life of this 
college quite unique in the history of private college foundations. We 
did not start with a plot of ground and some sort of an InS'titutional 
building, as so many colleges have started. Nor was the home of the 
Founder just an attractive residence with interesting and worth while 
things that belonged to the family that lived there. Other colleges 
have had these. 

The home of our Founder was acres and acres of land, woods, fields, 
hills, fertile farm land, flowering trees, dogwood, redbud, laurel — 
and it was "girdled with mountains all around". 

Surrounded by all this, the Founders had made a home. They did 
not go to a community and shape a part of it into their home. They 
established a home which had all the potentialities of becoming a com- 
munity in itself, and it has become so. 

The center of it, the home itself, was far from new when we came 
here. Mrs. Williams had died in 1900, having reached her three score 
years and ten, and, as it was her father, Elijah Fletcher, who had 
acquired the property and built the home, three generations had lived 
here, and the home was over a hundred years old. 

So we came, in 1906, to this home which was to grow into a 
community. Sweet Briar house had long been built, the landscaping, 
the box and the roses, had made a place of rare beauty, and the acres 
that stretched out, immeasurably. It seemed, were full of great gifts 
— -beauty, peace, the bounty of the soil, and the chance to live com- 
fortably and happily in family and community relationships — surely 
a perfect example of what we are all giving our fighting strength to 
maintain. 

I don't know how you who have come more recently onto this 
campus feel about this home. Perhaps the college now grown older 
Itself, the roots and branches of Little Ulmus {That's the elm tree 
that stood in the oval — we of the class of 1910 planted it) having 
literally and figuratively spread themselves deep and high — perhaps 



to you the college seems to be the greater home. Possibly It seems to 
embrace and amplify the other, the Founder's home. 

In our day, I think that the home of the Founder reached over all 
the rest. That doesn't mean that we were not living happily as a 
college community in the dormitories, refectory and academic building 
just as you are today; but those buildings seemed to have grown out 
of the Sweet Briar domain and were a part of it, nurtured by it. The 
home was a most remarkable store house from which we drew materi- 
ally and spiritually. From the soil came the bricks that went into 
the buildings, from the farm the supplies for our table, from the 
springs and wells on and under the earth came our water. We needed 
more water once, and Mr. Heald, a Trustee whose practical and busi- 
ness ability was Invaluable to us, went out and had the water from 
a few more springs carried into our reservoir. 

The house and grounds were just right for the social life of our 
first fifty girls, and the beauty and harmony of all our surroundings 
seemed to emanate from the home. Typical of this were our early 
May Day celebrations. No artist's vision of a setting for them could 
have surpassed, if it could have equalled the boxwood circle. 

In coming into this home, I think we all felt that we had been 
graciously invited to come by the persons to whom it had belonged 
— we had been asked to take it over in trust for the realization of 
the high purposes of the Founders. They had left expectations which 
we were to live up to. 

So, to us who preceded you onto this campus, the home mothered 
the academic life that was starting to grow. That it grew, and grew 
fast I do not need to remark. It grew in geometrical progression. We 
made bricks for Randolph, Manson, and Grammer halls in its very 
early childhood. 

I have never felt that I had words to do justice to the work done 
by the members of our Faculty during those early years. The Trustees 
had decided that we were to build a college of the first rank. They 
had selected a few of us who, in their judgment, were qualified to 
build. When I came in June, 1906, I found Dr. John M. McBryde here 
and zealous In planning and working for the start. We were soon 
joined by others. A number of them you know — Miss Gay Patteson 
and Miss Mattie, Miss Sparrow, Mr. Dew, Mr. Worthlngton, Dr. 
Harley, Miss McLaws, Miss Morenus, Mr. Rollins. Knowing them, and 
what they have stood for at Sweet Briar, you can see that the work 
was certain to be well done. There were others whom you do not 
know. We always suffered from the appreciation of other colleges who 
called our teachers from time to time, but we got even with them 
by our invitations, too. Sometimes we suffered from the appreciation 
of those who became husbands. 

Of course pioneering Is never wholly simple. You have an idea — 
something you vision as having the quality of reality in that It can 
be real and is going to be real; and, as you try to make it fit the 
material you have, or rather make the material fit into it, sometimes 
there is a misfit — something wrong somewhere. I know we had that 
experience sometimes, but I don't remember much about it. I do 
remember once seeing some girls playing bridge on the arcades one 
weekday morning when I thought they ought to be studying, and I 
remember telling them that this was not a winter resort. I think 
we found small things like that amusing things — I remember we 
laughed a lot in those days and had a very good time, but I know 
there was never anything really obstructive, and our early Faculty 
went ahead, I think I may say here, too, in geometrical progression, 
in making academic standards real. 

The first classes to graduate had no different training from those 
who graduated from any college of the first rank, and they always 
received full college credit when they transferred. We leaned over 
backward in regard to our requirements both for admission to the 
college work and for graduation. Many of our glris of the first few 
years were high school graduates with plenty of units, who would 
today be classified as college students. We put them into the sub- 
freshman group because they did not offer four years of Latin and 
three years of mathematics and all the graduates of the early years 
had to make those units up if they had not had them. 

But my time is limited, and so must be my discussion of the early 
work of the Sweet Briar Faculty. I think it speaks for Itself. Into the 
structure of this college life, academic, and social, and spiritual, is 
builded the vision, the effort, the achievement, of the men and women 



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of the first Faculty, those who came during the first decade. And if 
I should tell you what small salaries they received you would know, 
too, that it was truly a labor of love. 

I shoud like to add what I have said here before, that during that 
first decade the vision before our Faculty and students went far into 
the future — so far that we have not been caught up with yet in what 
has concretely come about. We looked ahead intently so far that we 
saw in a very real way not only what we helped to shape during the 
first decade, but what has come during the twenty-five years since 
then, and we still see buildings out there where there still are not any. 
Of course, you are doing that too, and it just goes to show that there 
is no difference between us and you of the present and the building 
goes on as one process. If you want to make conversation with any 
of us old timers, please say something like, "Doesn't it seem like 
Sweet Briar to you, and just right?"; and my reply will be an en- 
thusiastic, "It certainly does." There is a longing in the human heart 
for permanence and it exists in enduring ideals. 

But now let me speak again of our Founder, Indiana Fletcher 
Williams and her husband and Daisy into whose home we came. There 
were pictures of Daisy and Mr. Williams, but no picture of Mrs. 
Williams. We could visualize Daisy. Besides many pictures of her, 
we had her letters, her diary, some of her things. You have seen all 
these. We know her to have been a normal happy child, interested in 
the simple wholesome things about her. We could imagine her riding 
about the grounds. Her horse was here when we came — he roamed 
stiffly around the place, didn't sleep very well. I've seen him late 
at night in the moonlight roaming about. 

Mrs. Williams wished to keep herself in the background, and I 
think we may conclude that she was not a person who put herself 
forward. She seems to have lived in that way. Daisy's letters were 
written to her mother when she and her father were enjoying Sweet 
Briar and her mother was away attending to business, we do not 
know what. 

Mr. Williams seems not to have been well, and Mrs. Williams seems 
to have looked after the estate in many ways. One of her colored 
servants told me that "Miss Indy come down on him like a great big 
storm" to know why he had not planted the potatoes. He told her, 
as he assured me, that you cannot plant potatoes in a waning moon. 
If you do, they will rot in the ground and you will have none. He told 
her he could not do it until the moon was a waxing moon. She insisted 
that he do the planting, and history does not record whether they 
grew or rotted. 

She traveled, we were told, and the objects she had in her home 
showed that she loved beauty and had an interest in the orient. The 
large Chinese tortoise shell loving cup which stood in the red parlor, 
is a most suggestive touch in her home at the present crisis. So she 
was a cultured woman. Her father was a cultured, educated and able 
man, and she had this fine background. She was above all a devoted 
wife and mother. There were letters to her from her husband, as I 
remember, which were filled with tender appreciation. She gave herself 
so entirely to her husband and daughter that she does not stand out 
as a person we can know apart from them. Let us visualize her (with 
what face and figure matters not) as a woman of culture, reserved 
in manner, perhaps even reticent, not at all outgoing, self-effacing 
in her relationships, but forceful in her activities, giving strength and 
comfort to those whom she loved — never going much outside of the 
little world of her family and Sweet Briar in her chief interests. 

Having written the will she left, she must have taken some comfort 
herself in the thought of perpetuating the memory of her child and 
the giving of what was dear to her to social progress through the 
education of women. 



Students as Founders 

Margaret Bannister, '16 

Ever since I was asked to come here today and speak on the subject 
of "Students as Founders" I have been reminiscing in my own mind, 
going back beyond the time I spent here on the staff of the College 
and acquired, more or less, the point of view of a member of the 
staff; beyond all the time I have been an alumna of Sweet Briar and 
have thought as an alumna, to the time when I was a student here, 



and trying to recapture the attitudes and feelings of those four years. 
You will have to forgive me, therefore, if this turns out to be a very 
personal speech, because the only basis I seem to have for discussing this 
subject is what I have dug up by this conscious delving into my 
own recollections. 

I have arrived at Sweet Briar many tmics in the past, at all hours 
of the day and night in all seasons of the year. When I got here this 
morning, however, and drove up through the woods from the station, 
because I had been reminiscing, I remembered vividly the time I 
arrived as a very green freshman and drove up through the woods 
in the funny old horse-drawn bus that operated in my day. 

I came from Lynchburg, I mean I lived in Lynchburg then and I 
came on the train. And I came against my will, not because I had 
anything against Sweet Briar but because it seemed very unexciting 
and unad Venturous to go to college only twelve miles from home, 
when my friends were going to far places all the way from Massa- 
chusetts to Georgia. I had a firm intention of spending one year here 
and then going somewhere else. 

Even during that short half-hour's train trip from Lynchburg, 
however, I began to waver. The station in Lynchburg, and the train 
coming out were both filled with what seemed to me the most 
enchanting creatures all on their way back to Sweet Briar — in those 
days there was no freshman orientation period and everybody got 
here at the same time at the beginning of the year, and they all seemed 
to be in a perfect ecstasy of joy at seeing each other again. I felt as if 
my life had been practically a blank up to that point and could only 
be retrieved by my becoming a part of all that excitement and joy. 

That was the beginning of a process which very soon hardened into 
a conviction that here I had found something that I wanted to be a 
part of, that seemed to me then and has seemed to me ever since very 
much worth while being a part of, the continuing life of Sweet Briar, 
the building of Sweet Briar. 

Although the College was very young then and in many ways we 
were conscious of being at the beginning of things, I think we would 
never have recognized the term of founders as applied to us or anybody 
connected with the College. We had not acquired enough perspective 
to realize that founding is a continuous process. There was only one 
founder to us. Mrs. Williams had founded Sweet Briar — period. I am 
afraid we didn't give Mr. Williams his just due, we never thought 
of him at all. Miss Indy was the founder and Daisy was the foundee, 
so to speak, and we were, I think, much closer to them than you are 
today, closer in time, closer in spirit, because that was before our 
world was shot to pieces (as it was soon to be) as your world is 
being shot to pieces today, and we still had a sense of co'ntinuity with 
the past. Mrs. Williams and Daisy were real people to us, and as 
much a part of Sweet Briar's background as the physical things that 
had belonged to them, Sweet Briar House and the boxwood gardens 
and Monument Hill, and all this lovely landscape around us. 

We did, however, have a strong sense of being at the beginning of 
something and of responsibility to the future in what we did. This 
was not true I, think, in regard to our social life, our habits and 
customs and associations with each other. 

The first little group that gathered at Sweet Briar the opening year 
— the original 56, and the second and third years, I expect, must have 
had a great sense of first beginnings in everything they did. They 
were founders in a very real sense. It would be hard for you to 
realize how completely they cut the pattern of Sweet Briar's life. 
Think of the institutions and customs you now have, the important 
^events in the student's calendar. The things that come readily to my 
mind, without benefit of research, that were done and established 
in the time it took the first class to graduate are these: the Student 
Government Association in almost exactly the form it is now, and 
the honor system; the Athletic Association, Paint and Patches, the 
Y.W.C.A.; the Briar Pafch and the Bramhler; May Day, Founders* 
Day, the custom of wearing your caps and gowns for the first time 
on Founders' Day, the two formal dances of the year, step-singing 
though in somewhat different form; the form of Commencement, the 
senior garden party, the final play, which you have given up. And 
so many of the intangibles, the thtngs that are done and not done 
— the whole pattern of life here. 

Some of the things we did had the most remarkable effects. When 
I go into the Refectory now and see the painted wooden seal of the 
College which adorns the far end and which is perhaps the most 



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inadequate piece of wa\l decoration for the space it covers that I 
have ever seen, it amuses mc to remember that we had that shield 
painted as part of the decorations for a Founders' Day dance one 
year (we had Founders' Day dances instead of Midwinters in those 
days and as the gym was not built we had them in the Refectory) 
and it has gone on hanging in the Refectory ever since. 

\C'hen I look at the great elm tree that shades the quadrangle in 
front of the Refectory so effectively that no grass can be made to 
grow under it and which looks as if it had been there for at least a 
hundred years, and remember that my class planted that tree, it makes 
mc feel as if I had been here at least a hundred years, too. 

When I remember that mine was the first class to have class rings 
set with colored stones (the previous classes had had plain gold seal 
rings, and we just happened to feel that colored stones would be nice 
to have) it interests mc to remember that every class since that time 
has had rings set with colored stones. 

And you members of the class of 1944 may be interested to know 
that the reason your class colors are purple and gold, and your class 
flower is purple clematis, and you have a lovely Latin motto dedicating 
you to a lifetime of deeds not words, is because my class in High 
School had those colors and that flower and that motto and I liked 
them, so when I came to Sweet Briar and we had our first class meeting 
I rose and spoke passionately in their favor, and they were adopted 
and every fourth class has inherited them since that time. 

When I remember these things I feel inclined to say to you, be 
careful what you do, think before you act, because before you know 
it something you have done on a sudden impulse will become a tra- 
dition which your great-granddaughters will inherit. 

These things just happened. I imagine that the fabric of life at 
every college is woven of such small happenings. But there was a place 
where things did not just happen, where they had to be made to 
happen, and there we had a strong sense of first beginnings and of 
our own responsibilities. That was the academic side. We knew we 
were building a college, and we knew that it was a struggle to do it. 

You who come to Sweet Briar now can have little realization of 
what a struggle it was. It takes time and patience and work and 
perseverance to establish any educational institution, unless there is 
much money and influential backing and a strategic location. Sweet 
Briar had none of these, in fact, it was almost uniquely lacking in 
these things. Nor was it trying to do anything unusual or spectacular. 
It was trying no educational experiments which would have allowed 
it to do what it liked in the name of experimentation. It was trying 
to be a good, sound, first-class liberal arts college according to the 
accepted standards of such colleges, and it would have been easier to 
have made it into almost anything else — a good preparatory school, 
a finishing school, a junior college, a second or third rate college. 
Any ol these would have been easy, and I imagine that there were 
times during those early years when Sweet Briar might easily have 
become any of these if a very gallant fight had not been put up to 
prevent it. 

The person who made that fight, who more than any other in the 
early years was responsible for the fact that Sweet Briar was a 
college, the first president, Miss Benedict is here today. I would tell 
you quite a lot about her if she were not here to speak for herself. 
But because I know she will not speak for herself, she will not tell 
you what she was to the students and to Sweet Briar, I want to say 
this — that in addition to incalculable contributions to the spirit and 
personality and life of Sweet Briar, almost single-handed she made 
this institution into a college. 

Mrs. Williams had left it to the Board of Directors to decide what 
kind of mstitution Sweet Briar should be. The Board at its first 
meeting had decided that it should be a standard four-year college 
ofl^ering "degrees of the highest quality." It remained for Miss Benedict 
to carry this out. 

You can imagine what it must have been when she first came to 
take charge of Sweet Briar — a brand new, perfectly unknown, desper- 
ately poor, isolated little institution set out here in the Virginia 
countryside in the days before every family had a car, with no church 
backing or community support — no backing at all except the wish 
and will of a dead woman — with no rich or influential alumnae, no 
alumnae at all at firsr, of course. You can imagine how hard it must 
have been to establish academic standards comparable to those of the 
big, well-known institutions and stick to them; to set entrance re- 
quirements based on the requirements of such institutions and stick 
to them; to secure a good faculty and keep them when there was so 



little money; to attract good students and to hold them. As a matter of 
fact, most of those who entered the College during the first ten years, 
and stayed, and graduated, did so inadvertently, as it were. We were 
crept up on and taken by surprise, either by Miss Benedict, who sur- 
prised many of those early students into a desire to stay at Sweet 
Briar, or a desire for a college education which they had not sus- 
pected; or by Sweet Briar itself, which sometimes surprised us into 
an affection for it and a pride in it and a determination to see it 
established, that we had not expected to feel. 

Miss Benedict set Sweet Briar's course. She made what compromises 
she had to make because of Sweet Briar's newness and smallness and 
lack of money, but she never lost sight of the goal and she never got 
off course. She set her sights high and kept them high. And all of 
us who followed along behind her set our little sights high also, and 
looked forward to the day when Sweet Briar would occupy a proud 
place in the educatoinal world. We were very conscious of the im- 
portance of academic standards. We were very much concerned for 
the academic reputation of Sweet Briar. 

Academically, then, and financially we were conscious of building 
for the future, and we had an interest and a pride and a responsibility 
in it. While I was a student here Sweet Briar's endowment fund 
reached the imposing sum of ten thousand dollars. That's all there 
was between it and the world. Ten thousand dollars, and Miss Benedict 
and Mr. Manson and Mr. Fergus Reid, and a handful of loyal alumnae, 
and already a tradition and a way of life. 

The students worked for that money, worked hard. Everything we 
could scrape up went into the Endowment Fund, money from the 
classes, from the organizations, from plays and benefits. Later on, the 
students worked to raise money to build the Gymnasium. They worked 
very hard, over a period of years. Now you are working to raise money 
to build the Auditorium. I hope the students will always be working 
to raise money for something, for as long as there is life in the College 
there will be new objectives, new needs. The Endowment Fund may 
be many times our little ten thousand but it is still not nearly 
enough. The Gymnasium may now be built and the Auditorium may 
be built in the future, but there will be other buildings that the 
students of those days will feel are as desperately needed as these. It 
goes on and on, this business of founding. 

On Founders' Day of 19-ii2 it is good to go back into Sweet Briar's 
still not lengthy past and to remember what has gone into the found- 
ing and the building and the strengthening of it. It is good to go 
back into the past of the country and see what has gone into that, 
because a lot of appraisal is going to be necessary in the next few 
years. During the war years, and perhaps for a long time after that, 
it is going to be necessary to relinquish many things that are not 
fundamental, to give up many things in our lives that are not essential. 
It becomes terribly important, therefore, to know what is fundamental 
and what is not, what can be let go and what must be preserved at 
all cost. 

And you who are the war generation at Sweet Briar, who must make 
the necessary adjustments to war and yet preserve Sweet Briar's funda- 
mentals — a great responsibility rests upon you. Here I say to you in 
all seriousness, be careful what you do, think before you act. Remember 
all that has gone into the building of this College. Remember that 
nothing about Sweet Briar except its outward beauty and its inner 
spirit has grown easily. It has all been worked for. This college that 
you see now did not spring up here full-grown. Every brick has been 
laid, every tree has been planted, every dollar has been raised, every 
course has been made possibly by the work and effort and devotion 
of the people who have gone before you, studenti and faculty and 
Presidents. 

Do whatever is temporarily necessary for the war, but don't lose 
sight of the goals. Don't get off the course: hold on to the beauty 
and graciousness and friendliness of life here; hold on to the soundness 
of learning; hold on to the cultivation of the liberal spirit. Give us 
back after the war is over the Sweet Briar we have all tried to found. 

Miss Margaret Gordon of Savannah, a junior in college, represented 
the student body on the program. Pointing out that founding is a 
continuing process if others than the actual beginners realize that there 
is always room for expansion and change. Miss Gordon reminded her 
hearers that the foundation of beliefs and hopes does not come sud- 
denly, but slowly and surely. The much used word, crisis, she explained, 
really means turning point, not dilemma, and that in building their 
own foundations the students of today hope to bring about surety and 
decision at the crisis, the turning point, to which the world has come. 



February, 194} 



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October Meeting of the Alumnae Council 




Left to Right: 

First Roil — Alma Booth Taylor, Louisa Neukirk Steeble, Elizabeth 
BoiiJ Vt'ood, Molly Talcott Dodson, Martha von Briesen. 

Sc'conJ Row — Mary Moore Pancake, Mary Clark Rogers, Jocelyn 
Wiitsoti Regen. Grace Mi-rrick Twohy. 

Thin! Roir — Eugenia Griffin Burnett, Polly Bissell Ridler, Mary Hunt- 
ington Harrison, Laura Groves, Elsetta Gilchrist Barnes. 

The photographer regrets the complete blocking of Mrs. Harrison. 

THE fall meeting of the Alumnae Council in October 
brought twelve of the council members to Sweet Briar, 
most of them for almost three days, for an intensive session 
of studying, listening, discussing and learning. 

We heard Mr. Wheaton, the new treasurer, report favor- 
ably on the soundness of the college's financial policies and 
present situation. As a newcomer, he said he was able to 
view the picture rather more objectively than if he had 
been here for some time, and his report called forth many 
questions from the Council. 

Mrs. Lyman spoke on "The Relation of the Alumnae 
Council to the College." Stressing the importance of the 
service which the Council can give the college in helping 
to interpret it to the public, Mrs. Lyman also pointed out 
that all alumnae of liberal arts colleges can help to make 
clear the lasting values of that sort of education by the 
responsibilities they take in their own communities. 

The students' attitudes towards college in wartime were 
brought to the Council with clarity by Anne Mcjunkin, 
president of Student Government, who also brought to 
the Council's attention various changes in the curriculum, 
such as compulsory physical education during all four years 
of college instead of only during the first two; the definite 
decrease in social activities; the non-credit courses in typ- 
ing, shorthand, mechanical drawing and laboratory tcchnic; 
the students who are accelerating their courses by going to 
summer schools; the part that various clubs and groups 
are playing in the program of the community War Service 
Committee. 

Clubs, and their importance to the Association, were 



discussed with vigor. In answer to the question of one of 
the members as to whether it was wise to try to maintain 
alumnae clubs at this time. Miss McMahon pointed out 
that the chief function of the clubs is not a social one, nor 
is it financial, but that alumnae clubs of Sweet Briar and 
other colleges which have welfare projects in their own 
communities can be very helpful to the college simply 
through their opportunity to place it favorably in the 
minds of their fellow-citizens. As for the members them- 
selves, their common interest in Sweet Briar enables them 
to best serve the college by becoming informed on admis- 
sion procedures and by passing on this information to 
prospective students and their parents. 

In preparation for the examination to qualify as Alumnae 
Representatives on Admission, there was a session of qucs- 
tions-and-answers with Miss Jeanette Boone, acting regis- 
trar. Eight members of the Council took the examination 
before they left Sweet Briar and several others made ar- 
rangements to take it at home at a later date. 

Miss Glass spoke to the Council on Saturday, reporting 
some of the problems she had discussed at a meeting of 
the American Association of Colleges two days previously. 
Emphasis was laid on the necessity for keeping college 
women occupied throughout the year, usefully. If they do 
not go to summer school, they should be urged to take 
some kind of summer job, either paid or volunteer, which 
will be worthwhile. Preferably they should try to find work 
which has some bearing on the course of study which they 
are pursuing in college. 

In addition to the hours filled to overflowing with dis- 
cussions, questions, suggestions, etc., there were social en- 
gagements, planned with an eye to getting the Council 
members acquainted with some of the students and some 
of the faculty. On Thursday evening about 1 5 student 
officers of of campus organizations had dinner with us and 
then they were hostesses to after-dinner coffee in Randolph 
Parlors. Friday was Founders' Day, we attended the exer- 
cises which are described elsewhere and to Miss Glass' re- 
ception in the afternoon. At dinner that evening Miss 
Glass, Miss Dutton, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman, Mr. and Mrs. 
Wheaton, Miss Drue Mathews and Miss Banister were 
guests of the Council. Paint and Patches presented "Ladies 
in Retirement" on Thursday and Friday evenings, and of 
course we all went to the play, which was amazingly well 
done. 

Perhaps the most starthng single piece of news that can 
be reported from the meeting is the fact that after con- 
siderable discussion, the Council voted to recommend that 
no formal class reunions be scheduled for this June. The 
reasons are obvious, of course. The college wishes to have 
the alumnae understand, however that in spite of the ban 
on reunions, Sweet Briar hospitality still awaits all of you 
whenever you can get here. 

It was most gratifying to have so many members of the 
Council present for the meeting, enthusiastic and sincerely 
interested as they were in their work in behalf of the 
college. 



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Alumnae News 



Alumnae Candidates for the Board of Overseers 
Sweet Briar College, 1943-1949 

'Tp HE BY-LAWS of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association provide for the choice and election of alumnae candidates 
for the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar College. The Alumnae Council submits the names of two nominees. The 
elected candidate will succeed Margaret Gran